Governor Hogan Announces Authorization of COVID-19 Vaccines for 5- to 11-Year-Olds, Encourages Parents With Concerns To Talk To Pediatricians
School Systems to Facilitate Clinics, Pediatricians and Pharmacies to Provide Vaccines Vaccine Equity Task Force to Ensure Access For Families in Underserved Communities
ANNAPOLIS, MD—Following final approval by the CDC, Governor Larry Hogan today announced that state health officials have authorized providers across the state to immediately begin scheduling appointments, holding clinics, and vaccinating 5- to 11-year-olds in Maryland.
The governor, who was joined for the announcement by state health officials and pediatric experts, detailed outreach efforts to the 515,000 newly eligible Maryland children and encouraged parents with concerns to talk directly with their pediatricians.
“I know that many parents are relieved, they have been looking forward to this day for many months, and have already decided to move ahead as soon as possible to protect their kids, to keep them in school, and to avoid unnecessary outbreaks and disruptive quarantines,” said Governor Hogan. “There are also some parents who want to do what’s best for their children, but who still have questions. It is important that they get all of those questions answered.”
Operational Plans for Vaccinating 5- to 11-Year-Olds. State health officials placed an initial order of 180,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses, which began arriving directly from Pfizer earlier this week. The state will receive additional allocations in the coming weeks.
Parents and caregivers will have several options, including:
- Schools and Local Health Departments. In coordination with state health officials, all local school systems have agreed to facilitate clinics across the state.
- Pediatrician and Family Physician Offices. Maryland health officials have worked with the state’s pediatric advisory group to enable pediatricians and family physicians to provide vaccines in their offices.
- Pharmacies. The state’s pharmacy partners will receive allocations from the federal government and will begin offering COVID-19 vaccines for children.
More than 300 providers of vaccines for 5- to 11-year-olds will be coming online, with more expected to be added in the coming weeks. To find a vaccine provider, Marylanders can visit covidvax.maryland.gov or call 1-855-MD-GOVAX.
State Support For Vaccinating 5- to 11-Year-Olds. The State of Maryland will provide staffing resources to school systems and local jurisdictions, and will deploy the Vaccine Equity Task Force to ensure equitable access for families in underserved communities and hard to reach areas.
Public Outreach Efforts. The state will begin airing a new round of public service announcements featuring trusted Maryland pediatricians.