Governor Hogans discusses vaccine equity in Maryland

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WDVM) — Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced Thursday the operations plan for the state’s vaccine equity task force.

This plan is the first of its kind in the country and seeks to provide fair and equitable access to vaccines for hard-to-reach and underserved communities.

The community-centered plan hopes to build confidence within the vaccines and meet the people where they are.

“Just as importantly [sic] as making sure that shots go into arms quickly is that we work each and every day to ensure fairness and equitable access to vaccines,” Hogan said.

Hogan reports Maryland providers have administered 1,436,396 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Maryland is averaging 35,513 shots per day.

The underserved communities will be identified on a variety of variables including annual income, education, vehicle access and total covid cases.

During the conference, General Birckhead shared that the Vaccine Equity Task Force will partner with different private and public entities in order to best serve the communities to ensure that all Marylanders have access to a vaccine.

Birckhead went on to mention a partnership with the First Baptist Church in Glenarden and University of Maryland Capital Region Health in order to assist in a large-scale, community focused-vaccination site in Prince George’s County in Upper Marlboro.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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