All Maryland adults now eligible for COVID-19 booster shots
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The State of Maryland has expanded eligibility for COVID-19 boosters to all adults, Governor Larry Hogan announced Friday morning.
We’re told this expansion will help further the state’s public health goal of maintaining immunity against severe COVID-19.
“As of today, Maryland has already administered more than 800,000 booster shots, and we are immediately expanding our campaign further to include all adults,” said Governor Hogan. “As the holiday season approaches, with more travel and more gatherings, we are encouraging all Marylanders to get a booster shot and maintain their immunity. The state has a robust network of vaccination providers, and we continue to have both the supply and the capacity to provide a booster shot to anyone who needs one.”
The Maryland Department of Health has issued a new bulletin directing all providers to administer a booster dose of any FDA-approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccine to individuals 18 years and older who completed a primary series of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at least six months ago. Individuals who received a primary series of the one-shot Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago continue to be eligible for a bosoter shot.
State health officials are continuing to strongly urge individuals 65 and older those who live in long-term care settings, have underlying medical conditions, and/or those who work in live in high-risk settings to get a booster shot as soon as possible.
Providers are directed to not turn away any individual requesting a booster dose.