Maryland health providers get green light to give COVID-19 booster to anyone immunocompromised

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Posted at 3:16 PM, Sep 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-09 08:03:56-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Governor Larry Hogan on Wednesday held a COVID-19 update.

He announced a new order form the Maryland State Health Department that makes anyone 65 and older living in a congregate care facility eligible for COVID-19 booster shots.

That includes nursing homes, assisted livings, drug treatment centers, and disabled group homes.

The department also issued guidance instructing all pharmacies and providers across the state to administer boosters without a prescription or doctor’s order to anyone who considers themselves immunocompromised.

Over 28,000 boosters have already been given.

Additionally, Hogan talked up monoclonal antibody treatments available throughout the state.

So far more than 10,000 infusions have been completed, which is believed to help patients already diagnosed with COVID-19 avoid serious life-threatening symptoms.

The state is also planning to launch a $3 million door-to-door initiative to urge residents in areas with low vaccination rates to get a shot.

As it stands now, 80% of eligible Marylanders 12 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine while 95% age 65 and older have gotten one.