Below you’ll see notes from Governor Larry Hogan’s 11/3 press conference, as tweeted by his Deputy Communications Director, Kata Hall:
• Earlier today, Maryland health officials authorized providers across the state to immediately begin scheduling appointments, holding clinics, and vaccinating 5- to 11-year-olds.
515,000 Maryland children are now eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccine.
• Based on requests from providers, the state placed an initial order of 180,000 doses, which began arriving directly from Pfizer earlier this week.
Many of these doses are already in place across the state.
• According to the White House, it will take some time to get all of the doses distributed.
Maryland will receive additional allocations in the coming weeks, and we anticipate receiving enough capacity for all of the state’s 5- to 11-year-olds.
• Parents/caregivers have several options for getting children vaccinated:
-Pediatricians and family physicians
-Local health departments
• Ongoing state support for vaccinating children includes:
-staffing resources for school systems
-Vaccine Equity Task Force teams in underserved communities
-direct outreach by GoVAX Call Center
-Radio and TV PSAs
• New PSA by Maryland pediatricians:
• More than 300 providers of vaccines for 5- to 11- years old are available, with more expected to be added in the coming weeks.
To find a vaccine provider, Marylanders can visit covidvax.maryland.gov or call 1-855-MD-GOVAX.
• Gov Hogan: “Our primary goal with all of these actions is to make sure that parents have all of the information they need to make the best informed decision for their family, because ultimately this decision is up to—and should be left to—Maryland parents and families.”
• COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE:
-More than 8.5 million COVID-19 vaccines administered
-Over 430,000 boosters administered
• COVID-19 DATA UPDATE:
-Positivity rate down 89% from peak
-Case rate down 78% from peak
-Hospitalizations down 72% from peak
• Dr. Jinlene Chan is now providing additional clinical information regarding COVID-19 vaccines for 5- to 11-year-olds.