Gov. Hogan issues executive order to further address healthcare staffing shortages

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Governor Larry Hogan issued an executive order on Monday to expand the state’s efforts to support healthcare facilities in addressing staffing shortages.

This executive order takes the following actions:

  • Provides more licensing flexibility for pharmacists and technicians to help support the pharmacy workforce, as pharmacies are conducting a number of critical COVID-19 functions, including testing and vaccination clinics.
  • Expands the state’s initiative to allow nursing students to serve as licensed practitioners by also including Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), and Certified Medical Technicians (CMTs).
  • Allows respiratory therapy students to assist in augmenting the emergency medical services workforce.

Additionally, the state’s health metrics are continuing to substantially improve, with COVID-19 hospitalizations dropping at the fastest rate in the country, according to Governor Hogan. Since peaking at 3,462 on January 11th, hospitalizations have dropped by 32.6%, to 2,330. Maryland is one of eight states where hospitalizations have declined over the past two weeks.

The state has also seen a significant increase in vaccinations of school-aged children since the beginning of 2022, and is now reporting that 40.5% of 5-to-11-year-olds are vaccinated against COVID-19. State health officials are continuing to encourage parents to get their school-aged children vaccinated as soon as possible.

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