Gov. Hogan Authorizes Immediate Use Of COVID-19 Boosters

Posted on 09/24/21 | News Source: WBAL

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention endorsed Pfizer COVID-19 boosters for older Americans and Gov. Larry Hogan has announced immediate authorization for the shots.

“While this action was long overdue, I am glad that the federal government has finally approved booster shots for seniors and high-risk individuals," Hogan said in a statement. "It is a significant step toward providing additional protection for our most vulnerable residents and supports the data-based decision we made earlier this month to move ahead on booster shots for seniors in congregate settings."

As of Friday, Maryland has administered 7,842,216 COVID-19 vaccines. 3,924,568 Marylanders have received the first dose of a COVID-19 shot, 3,566,331 have received the second shot and 299,613 have received the Johnson & Johnson shot before counting boosters. 

“Maryland has already administered more than 50,000 additional doses, and we have both the supply and the capacity to provide a booster shot to anyone who needs one," Hogan said. "We have mobilized a robust network of vaccination providers, including pharmacies, primary care providers, mobile clinics, community health centers, and local health departments."

Hogan said he would "continue to press the federal government to issue clear guidance for individuals who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines."