Shortage in second doses may cause people to not complete vaccinations

Posted at 7:57 AM, Feb 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-02 08:29:56-05

MARYLAND — A shortage of second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in Maryland may cause many people to not complete their vaccinations.

In a virtual State Senate Vaccine Oversight Workgroup hearing, the acting Secretary of Health Dennis Schrader said he thinks data was not properly transferred during the presidential administration transition.

Schrader says they are working with the federal government to sort things out within a few days and he also added that there is large window for recipients to get the second dose.

"Now the one good news about this is we're going to figure this out in the next couple of days," said Schrader. "There is a six week period based on CDC guidance to get these shots in arms for the second doses."

The group also discussed state rankings for vaccinations administered and, while Maryland has improved since last week, we are still behind a lot of other states.