Sep 8, 2021 - Health

Elderly and immunocompromised Marylanders are now eligible for COVID-19 booster shots

Governor Larry Hogan at a press conference

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan holds a news conference on the state's Covid-19 situation. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Governor Larry Hogan (R) announced on Wednesday that elderly people who live nursing homes and people who are immunocompromised are eligible to get a COVID-19 booster shot effective immediately.

Why it matters: Maryland is the first state to announce a plan for distributing boosters to a wider population of people, outside the immunocompromised. Hogan said "confusing and contradictory" guidance from the federal government forced him to act now.

Details: The eligibility extends to those who live in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, drug treatment centers, and developmentally disabled group homes per WBAL TV.

  • All pharmacies and providers are being instructed to provide booster shots without a prescription or doctor's orders to anyone who considers themselves immunocompromised, per a Maryland Department of Health guidance.

Background: The World Health Organization spoke out against wealthy countries giving booster shots on Wednesday, as poorer countries continue to struggle with obtaining vaccines.

What he's saying: "All of the evidence makes it abundantly clear that we cannot afford to delay taking decisive action to protect our most vulnerable citizens," Hogan said on Wednesday.

  • “Getting first shots in arms—especially among our most vulnerable populations—continues to be our primary mission,” Hogan said in a press release on Tuesday.
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