BALTIMORE — Maryland's newest vaccination expansion is bringing small businesses into the fold.
On Friday, Governor Hogan announced 22 independently-owned pharmacies are joining the state vaccination network.
One taking part is Voshell's Pharmacy, off Wilkens Avenue in West Baltimore.
They started giving vaccines Friday morning, inoculating around 15 people.
Their owner said giving local pharmacies vaccines will improve vaccine access.
We have a lot of patients who have been looking for vaccines, especially the elderly who aren't on the internet, don't have a computer, don't have an email address, and they call us every day looking for it,” said pharmacist Jay Dorsch. “And a lot of these people, they don't want to go to a big vaccination center. They're afraid of being around a lot of people.”
The additional pharmacies mean nearly 300 statewide are now administering vaccinations.
The 22 independent pharmacies are listed below and include several in the Baltimore region.
Charlesmead Pharmacy, Baltimore City
Voshell’s Pharmacy, Baltimore City
Wellcare Pharmacy, Baltimore City
Beltsville Pharmacy, Beltsville
Padek Healthcare Pharmacy, Bladensburg
Catonsville Pharmacy, Catonsville
Edwards Pharmacy, Centerville
Marion Pharmacy, Crisfield
Hill’s Pharmacy, Easton
Cantners Drug Store, Federalsburg
Finksburg Pharmacy, Finksburg
Jai Pharmacy, Glen Burnie
Demmy’s Pharmacy, Greenbelt
Padek Healthcare Pharmacy II, Hyattsville
Laurel Pharmacy, Laurel
Manchester Pharmacy, Manchester
Hereford Pharmacy, Parkton
Wellcare Pharmacy, Pikesville
Apple Discount Drugs, Salisbury
Apple Discount Drugs #2, Salisbury
Sharpsburg Pharmacy, Sharpsburg
Towson Pharmacy, Towson