Phase 2 Announced for Maryland: Notes From Governor Hogan’s 3/18 Press Conference
Notes are paraphrased
• It took 67 days to reach one million doses, but just 27 days to reach two million.
• Vaccination rate faster than 37 other states.
• Nearly 25% of all Marylanders have gotten a vaccine.
• Infrastructure in place to do 100,000 shots per day.
• In on-going discussions with other jurisdictions for mass-vax sites.
• Biggest challenge continues to be supply from Federal government, but there’s progress on that front.
• Per Joe Biden, every adult will be eligible for vaccine by May 1st.
• Significant increase in vaccine supply for all states by week of March 29th.
• State of Maryland enters Phase 2 beginning Tuesday, March 23rd. All Marylanders 60+ will be eligible for a vaccine.
• On Tuesday, March 30th Maryland will move to Phase 2B. Includes Marylanders 16+ with underlying medical conditions.
• Phase 2C will begin 4/13/21. All Marylanders 55+ and essential workers.
• Phase 3 will begin 4/27/21. It will include ALL Marylanders 16+
• All phase 2 eligible Marylanders will still be prioritized.
• This week MD is launching a pilot program to provide vaccines to primary care practices throughout Maryland in order to administer vaccines directly to vulnerable populations they serve.
• The program begins with 37 practices chosen based on their connection to largely African American and Hispanic communities and areas with less geographic access to vax sites.
• The MD Health Services Cost Review Commission has established a first-in-the-nation program to support hospital efforts to engage in community-based vaccination efforts.
• Program is made possible by the one-of-a-kind Maryland Model healthcare finance system which will provide $12 million for community-based vaccination initiatives led by hospitals.
• “Please get vaccinated when it is your turn.” -Gov. Hogan