ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) – Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said Monday the state was preparing to vaccinate hundreds of thousands of children against COVID-19 pending CDC approval of vaccines for 5-11 year olds.
Formal approval from the CDC is expected within the next two weeks, according to CBS News. Governor Hogan said the state is finalizing preparations to vaccinate the 515,000 eligible children.
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The governor said health officials are placing orders for an initial 180,000 doses of Pfizer for eligible children. Officials work with pediatricians, pharmacies, school systems, local health authorities and the Vaccine Task Force to distribute.
Hogan continued to emphasize the importance of booster shots. The state has administered over 280,000 since Pfizer booster shots were approved in September.
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After Moderna and Johnson & Johnson’s booster vaccinations were given the go-ahead by the CDC last week, as well as vaccine mixing, the eligibility for booster vaccinations became a little more confusing. The governor announced on Monday the refresher eligibility portal so residents can find out if they are eligible for a refresher.
The state is experiencing a decline in three key metrics. The state’s case rate is 39% since early September and hospital admissions are down 28% since early September.
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