Gov. Hogan announces immediate authorization of COVID booster shots for Marylanders

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Governor Larry Hogan has announced the immediate authorization of COVID-19 booster shots for Marylanders.

Governor Hogan made the announcement on Friday after the CDC gave final approval for Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots.

“While this action was long overdue, I am glad that the federal government has finally approved booster shots for seniors and high-risk individuals. It is a significant step toward providing additional protection for our most vulnerable residents, and supports the data-based decision we made earlier this month to move ahead on booster shots for seniors in congregate settings,” said Hogan.

We’re told that Maryland has already administered over 50,000 additional vaccine doses and the state has the supply and capacity to provide a booster shot to anyone in need of one. State health officials have issued a bulletin, directing vaccine providers to immediately make booster shots to eligible individuals who received their second Pfizer dose at least six months ago.

Hogan says they are encouraging providers to conduct outreach to previously vaccinated individuals.

The governor also added that health officials are continuing to push the federal government to use clear guidance for individuals who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines. He also says that it is critical to expedite approval of vaccines for 5 to 11-year-olds as children are back in school.

“Lastly, I want to again thank the millions of Marylanders who have rolled up their sleeves to get vaccinated. We have had one of the strongest health and economic recoveries in the nation by following the science and leading the way, which is exactly what we will continue to do.”

The full bulletin for vaccine providers can be found here.

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