ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (WJZ) – The state’s health department is starting to contact thousands of Marylanders eligible for COVID-19 booster shots to encourage people to receive that extra dose. The state is pushing eight million doses of the vaccine administered and thousands more are receiving booster shots every day.
Health officials reiterated on Thursday who is eligible for the Pfizer recall – those 65 and older, adults with underlying conditions, those who work in high-risk environments and those who live or work in healthcare facilities. long-term care.
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“If you qualify for a booster shot, please get one. If you are not vaccinated, please get vaccinated, ”said Dennis Schrader, Maryland Dept. of Health.
Health officials say more than 82% of Marylanders eligible for the vaccine have been vaccinated. The state’s positivity rate is stable at 4%, with nearly 800 Marylanders hospitalized for Covid as of Thursday. Health officials say rural hospitals are the most affected.
“The hospitals with the highest number of patients with COVID-19 serve the east coast and part of the western state, where a lower proportion of residents have requested vaccination,” said Dr Ted Delbridge , MD Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems.
There are 11 pediatric hospitalizations in Maryland. Health officials say the state has distributed 100,000 rapid tests to local schools.
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They have over 320,000 rapid tests on hand and say many schools have supplies from last school year. School systems have until Oct. 10 to enroll in a CDC testing program.
“There is no excuse for a school system not to take action to ensure the safety of their children and teachers,” Governor Hogan said Thursday.
Vaccine approval for five to 11 year olds is expected in the coming weeks.
“I have called on state health officials to advance and speed up their plans of operation to immunize children,” Governor Hogan added.
A statewide call center has scheduled more than 30,000 appointments for reminder injections so far. The governor also reiterated today that he does not support vaccination mandates. “
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