Maryland steps up effort to vaccinate seniors

15 percent still have not gotten shots
Posted at 4:37 PM, May 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-04 18:11:52-04

DUNDALK, Md. — He received celebrity treatment at a vaccination clinic at FutureCare NorthPoint in Dundalk, but Governor Larry Hogan had more on his mind than smiles and handshakes.

With 85 percent of the state’s seniors vaccinated, he’s targeting those who remain and unvaccinated healthcare workers who surround them.

“As part of our No Arm Left Behind initiative, we have activated state mobile vaccination teams to conduct additional clinics at Maryland nursing homes,” said Hogan.

The teams will begin with 30 such clinics per week throughout the state at select nursing homes and long-term care facilities, and the governor has also issued an order to help monitor where any of the estimated 1,900 facilities fall short.

“To provide full transparencies to families and the public, today, we’re issuing an order that requires all these facilities to report vaccination data for residents and staff on a weekly basis, and that information will be posted weekly on a public dashboard through the Department of Aging and which will be posted in every facility,” added Hogan.

The governor also announced he’s spending an additional $12 million on community-based initiatives through 10 major hospital systems to do outreach through local health departments, non-profits, faith-based organizations and others.

Once Pfizer receives approval to administer its vaccine to 12 to 15-year-olds, the governor says he will follow suit and that group represents more than 450,000 people in Maryland.