All nursing homes and hospitals in Maryland to get COVID-19 vaccine in coming weeks

Posted at 4:23 PM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 08:13:25-05

ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Larry Hogan provided an update on the coronavirus vaccine distribution plan in Maryland.

Hogan said vaccines will be distributed to all 227 nursing homes within two weeks.

And over the course of the next week, every hospital in Maryland will receive doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as well.

Below is who will get the vaccine and when:

The state is focused on getting out the initial allocation of 155,000 doses. Right now Maryland is in Phase 1A, which is focused on frontline health care workers, residents and staff of long-term care facilities, and first responders.

Maryland will also provide doses of vaccines to Maryland health care workers in DC.

Doses will be set aside for first responders to get vaccinated by local health departments and a public dashboard will be launched to track vaccinations.

It will provide demographic breakdowns so residents can see who is receiving vaccinations where.

Hogan also announced that he has reactivated the Maryland National Guard to provide support to state and local health officials in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.

As more vaccines become available, the National Guard will provide additional coordination and logistical support for the set up of mobile vaccination clinics as well as address outbreaks at nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

They will also augment rapid response teams to address nursing home outbreaks.

The state will soon be launching public service announcements regarding the safety and importance of vaccinations.

The state continues to ramp up an aggressive public outreach effort on COVID-19 vaccines, including briefing Maryland’s congressional delegation, the leaders of the General Assembly, county leaders, faith-based leaders, and community stakeholders.

Hogan also announced the utilization of the 500,000 LabGenomics COVID-19 test kits acquired from South Korea.

Building on the success, LabGenomics announced that it has entered into a separate agreement with CIAN Diagnostics, a clinical laboratory in Frederick, for the purchase of 1 million additional COVID-19 tests.