CDC Authorization for Vaccines for 5-11 Year Olds Expected as Early as Next Week and Notes From Governor Larry Hogan’s 10/25 Press Conference

Below you’ll see notes from Governor Larry Hogan’s 10/25 press conference, as tweeted by his Deputy Communications Director, Kata Hall:

• VACCINE UPDATE. Maryland has administered more than 8.3 million COVID-19 vaccines, including:
-98% of Marylanders 65+
-85.9% of Marylanders 18+
-84.9% of all eligible Marylanders 12+

• COVID-19 DATA UPDATE:
-Case rate down 39% since 9/15
-Positivity rate down 37% since 8/22
-Hospitalizations down 28% since 9/9

• COVID-19 BOOSTERS. Maryland has already administered *280,000* booster shots.

With the latest CDC approval for Moderna and J&J, nearly *1.4 million Marylanders* are now eligible to receive a booster shot.

• BOOSTER ELIGIBILITY UPDATE. Marylanders who fall into the following categories are currently eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot:

• MIX AND MATCH. Eligible Marylanders can choose *any* vaccine as a booster shot, even if it is different from what you received initially.

• ELIGIBILITY PORTAL. To help Marylanders determine their eligibility for a booster, we have launched a new portal on covidvax.maryland.gov where you can enter your information and get clear guidance.

• The data does show that the level of protection does begin to wane over time, especially for those who are immunocompromised or have comorbidities.

Since May, we have gradually seen an increase in post-vaccination infections:

• More than half of the state’s COVID deaths over the last month are linked to hypertension and diabetes.

Cancer, obesity, and chronic lung disease are other leading comorbidities among COVID deaths in Maryland.

• State health officials have issued an advisory strongly urging people with comorbidities to get a booster dose as soon as possible.

• Visit covidvax.maryland.gov to find out where boosters are available near you.

• COVID-19 VACCINES FOR 5- TO 11-YEAR-OLDS. With CDC authorization expected as early as next week, the state is now completing final preparations to be able to vaccinate the 515,000 Maryland children who will become immediately eligible.

• Maryland health officials have begun placing orders for an initial 180,000 Pfizer doses for children.

There will be a range of options for getting 5- to 11-year-olds vaccinated, and additional updates will be provided to make sure parents have the information they need.

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17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Now in its 17th year, the Kensington Day of the Book Festival is a family-friendly street festival featuring 150+ renowned authors, poets, and literary organizations. Enjoy live music on five stages, special guest speakers, military veteran writers and comedians, poetry readings, cookbook demos, children's program, and much more.

Admission is free, and attendees will also be able to explore a marketplace of books and food offerings from local vendors.

Not your average book festival! This festival offers something for everyone!

17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Sunday, April 21, 2024, 11am-4pm (held rain or shine!)

Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895

www.dayofthebook.com

Instagram: @kensingtonbookfestival

Contact: Elisenda Sola-Sole, Festival Director

[email protected]

301-949-9416 (text preferred)

FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival

Get ready to experience the vibrant colors, tantalizing flavors, and infectious rhythms of the Caribbean at the FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival! Hosted by RHU LLC, this exciting festival is set to take place on May 18, 2024, at the picturesque 16700 Barnesville Rd in Boyds, MD.

Step into a world where the Caribbean spirit comes alive! From 12:00 PM onwards, immerse yourself in a sensory journey that celebrates the unique culture, cuisine, and music of the Caribbean. Whether you're an African American, a Reggae or Soca music enthusiast, a wine lover, or part of the vibrant Caribbean diaspora, this festival promises to delight and captivate you in every way.

Let the enticing aromas of mouthwatering Caribbean dishes tantalize your taste buds. Feast on traditional delicacies prepared by expert chefs, showcasing the rich and diverse culinary heritage of the Caribbean. Indulge in flavorful jerk chicken, succulent seafood, and delectable plantain dishes that will transport you straight to the islands.

Accompanying the culinary extravaganza is a carefully curated selection of premium wines, ensuring the perfect pairing for your palate. Sip on fine wines from renowned vineyards, each sip a reflection of the Caribbean's vibrant spirit. Discover new flavors, expand your wine knowledge, and savor unforgettable moments with every glass.

As the sun sets, get ready to groove to the infectious rhythms of Caribbean music. Feel the pulsating beats of reggae, soca, dancehall, and calypso, moving your body to the lively melodies. Live performances by talented musicians and performers will keep the energy high, ensuring a night of unforgettable entertainment.

Don't miss this opportunity to embrace the Caribbean spirit and celebrate the arrival of spring in style! Tickets are available on AllEvents, so secure your spot today. Join us at the FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival, where cultures collide and unforgettable memories are made.

LIVE PERFORMANCES By: CULTURE Feat. Kenyatta Hill, EXCO LEVI, IMAGE BAND, RAS LIDJ REGG'GO with Special Guest SUGAR BEAR FROM E.U. & MORE! & MORE!

MUSIC By: DJ ABLAZE, DJ SMALLY & NAJ SUPREME

2 NIGHT Camping packages available: RV/CAMPER $200 | TENTS $150 Starting on Friday May 17 @ 5pm | 30 RV SPACES | 30+ TENT SPACES

KIDS 12 & UNDER FREE!!!

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