Those 65 years and up are eligible for the coronavirus vaccine in Maryland, except in two jurisdictions.

MARYLAND — More than 2 million Marylanders are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, according to state health officials. As the number of those qualifying for the vaccine increases, however, availability of vaccinations has not kept up.

The state is receiving about 10,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine a day from the federal government, which is not meeting demand, according to the Maryland Department of Health.

Nearly 5.5 percent of the population in Maryland has received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, the state health department reported Monday.

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Maryland entered phase 1C of its vaccine distribution plan Monday, Jan. 25, meaning the following people are eligible for the coronavirus vaccine:

  • Residents 65 and older
  • Workers in food and agriculture production
  • Critical manufacturing personnel
  • Public mass transit workers
  • Grocery store workers
  • Veterinary occupations
  • U.S. Postal Service workers
  • Clergy and clergy support staff
  • Public safety personnel and health care workers who were not eligible in earlier phases

Based on state guidance, Marylanders age 65 and up must receive priority over all other groups. People who qualify for phase 1C based on their occupation should check with their employers about plans for vaccination, the Maryland Department of Health advises. Read more at Patch