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Maryland to open COVID vaccine eligibility to all adults, starting Tuesday at mass vaccination sites

Maryland to open COVID vaccine eligibility to all adults, starting Tuesday at mass vaccination sites

The state reports that about a third of residents are fully vaccinated. Everyone in Maryland who is 16 or older will be eligible next week to get the coronavirus vaccine at any site offering shots in the state, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday. And people 16 and older can get shots this week, starting Tuesday, at the state’s five mass vaccination sites. The state will require the hundreds of other vaccine providers in Maryland to offer shots to adults and older teenagers, a total of almost 4.9 million people, as of April 12. Advertisement Teens who are 16 and 17 — about 150,000 people in...

Apr 5
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There’s an early treatment for COVID now — and Maryland officials are pushing to spread the word as case count ticks up

There’s an early treatment for COVID now — and Maryland officials are pushing to spread the word as case count ticks up

With the nation on the verge of its biggest COVID-19 surge in November, a promising new treatment began trickling out to keep mild infections from turning deadly. Maryland moved quickly to offer so-called monoclonal antibodies, the same thing used to treat then-President Donald Trump’s infection in October. And the state has been working since to promote and expand access to the lab-made immune system builder — the lone therapy for those who are not hospitalized. Advertisement Now, with cases again ticking up here and in many other states, possibly driven by variants, Maryland officials are...

Mar 26
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Maryland will create single sign-up and waitlist for mass COVID vaccine sites. Some say that’s not enough.

Maryland will create single sign-up and waitlist for mass COVID vaccine sites. Some say that’s not enough.

Two months into the effort to vaccinate the public against COVID-19, the administration of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan reversed course and said it would launch an official, though limited, waitlist to ease the frustrating hunt for scarce doses. The Republican governor decided against a preregistration system last year before vaccine began arriving and , repeatedly saying it could become “a single source of failure.” Advertisement The state instead allocated shares of the vaccine to hospitals, county health departments, pharmacies and others, allowing them to sign up people using their own...

Feb 24
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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan laments shortage of COVID vaccine; mass vaccine site at M&T Bank Stadium to open Feb. 25

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan laments shortage of COVID vaccine; mass vaccine site at M&T Bank Stadium to open Feb. 25

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on the shortage of COVID vaccine and future opening of mass vaccine site at M&T Bank Stadium. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan continued to lament a shortage of COVID-19 vaccine doses provided by the federal government as he announced plans Thursday to launch another mass clinic and defended the state’s approach to distribution. The Republican governor announced a number of measures in response to what he called an improved landscape — lower numbers of cases, hospitalizations and deaths, and lower positivity rates. But Hogan also warned the state is not out of the woods...

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Feb 11
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A plant in East Baltimore is making millions of doses of coronavirus vaccines. But they still have to be approved.

A plant in East Baltimore is making millions of doses of coronavirus vaccines. But they still have to be approved.

Covered head to toe in sterile garments, workers inside a modern manufacturing plant in East Baltimore have been making coronavirus vaccine for months — tens of millions of doses that, for now, are being stockpiled with no date set for distribution. None of the vaccines at the Emergent BioSolutions factory has yet been authorized for use. But among the pharmaceutical companies contracting with Emergent is Johnson & Johnson, which reported promising trial results Friday and is expected to submit data to federal regulators within a week for emergency authorization. Advertisement The vaccine...

Jan 29
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If US Supreme Court dumps Obamacare health coverage, Maryland could get massive headache

If US Supreme Court dumps Obamacare health coverage, Maryland could get massive headache

There will be some “very big numbers” at stake , especially in Maryland, which lawmakers, experts and observers say has embraced the law more than most. Among Marylanders with health insurance, one in five plans would be wiped out or significantly changed if the law, also known as , was not upheld. Millions more with work-related insurance likely would lose benefits and see rate increases. Overall, the state would lose about $4 billion in federal funding. Advertisement “Everybody in the state will suffer without this law,” said state Del. Shane Pendergrass, a Howard County Democrat who...

November 9, 2020
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Maryland to remove child care capacity limits, allow indoor visitation at nursing homes

Maryland to remove child care capacity limits, allow indoor visitation at nursing homes

Child care centers can increase the number of children they serve. Providers will now be able to operate at full capacity. As coronavirus infections and deaths continue at a low, steady pace in Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan relaxed more pandemic-induced restrictions Thursday — and encouraged residents to prepare for the upcoming flu season. Nursing homes that have limited visitors to outdoor meetings now will be able to offer indoor visits if the facility hasn’t had any new cases in 14 days and isn’t testing for a possible outbreak, Hogan said. If the local jurisdiction’s positivity rate rises...

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October 1, 2020
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Maryland lab stops use of much-touted coronavirus tests from South Korea after spate of false positive results

Maryland lab stops use of much-touted coronavirus tests from South Korea after spate of false positive results

Hundreds of thousands of coronavirus tests that Gov. Larry Hogan bought from South Korea in April to much fanfare appear to be showing reliability problems, returning a spate of false positive results to nursing homes around the state. The Republican governor has already drawn sharp questions from Democrats about the value of the tests from LabGenomics, , but records show cost the state another $2.5 million for an “upgrade” that has not been fully explained. Advertisement The University of Maryland lab in Baltimore that had been processing thousands of the tests has stopped using the...

September 18, 2020
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University of Maryland injects coronavirus vaccine in first volunteers, aiming for approvals in fall

University of Maryland injects coronavirus vaccine in first volunteers, aiming for approvals in fall

Medical staff at the University of Maryland School of Medicine spent early Monday injecting the first few people with a potential vaccine for the coronavirus as part of an accelerated international effort to have a vaccine ready to begin use in some people as early as this fall. The trial at the university’s Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health and three other sites in the United States and Germany is for four separate but similar vaccines developed by the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. and the German biotech company BioNTech. Pfizer planned to announce the U.S. trials Tuesday...

May 5, 2020
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'A little piece of normal’: With Maryland creaking open, families left to navigate how far to venture out

'A little piece of normal’: With Maryland creaking open, families left to navigate how far to venture out

Families venture out on May 19, 2020 to walk and shop at Annapolis' city dock during phase 1 of reopening from the coronavirus pandemic. Weeks went by with Cyhl Quarles mostly home in Odenton. No visits to the zoo with his boys, no Friday dinners out with his wife, not even a trip to his barber. So when travel restrictions finally loosened, Quarles was calling to book his appointment. “Do you really have to get your hair cut?” his wife, Ashley, asked. “Can’t it wait?” Advertisement Three months into the deadly coronavirus outbreak, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has eased his lockdown to...

May 22, 2020
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