“The key to ending this is getting everyone vaccinated. That’s the way we’re going to stop this disease.” 

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan[R] made it clear that he believes vaccinating as many Marylanders as possible is the only way for life to get back to normal in the state.

Hogan stopped by the drive-thru vaccine clinic at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department last week, along with St. Mary’s County Health Officer Dr. Meena Brewster.

The clinic is capable of vaccinating upward of 1800 people each day. Hogan said there’s plenty of vaccines available for anyone that wants one. “We’ve reached the point where we have more supply and less demand. We have them readily available at 3,000 points of distribution.”

Hogan added that Maryland is ahead of the rest of the country when it comes to vaccination rates. “We’ve already hit the ceiling for folks over 18, which was supposed to be 60%.” He said approximately 85% of those over 65 have received their vaccine.  However, the state is not finished yet. Governor Hogan said Maryland is launching a massive marketing campaign to convince everyone that the vaccine is safe and effective. 

He said if people haven’t had access to vaccines, the state will find them where they are, and if people are reluctant, the state will convince them to get vaccinated.

In the meantime, Governor Hogan offers this advice:

“If you haven’t been vaccinated, still keep wearing your mask. If we do masking and vaccinations, this thing’s going to be done.”

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