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Maryland releases 2-phase distribution plan for COVID-19 vaccine once it's available

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Tuesday the release of the state's draft plan for a two-phase COVID-19 vaccine that would first be given to health care workers, high-risk residents, and then the state's general population once a vaccine is available. 

The draft plan was submitted to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) last week and focuses on two phases of vaccine and distribution.  

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In Phase 1, the COVID-19 vaccination efforts will target the state's most vulnerable residents and frontline healthcare workers as follows:

  • Frontline first responders and health care workers evaluating and caring for COVID-19 patients.
  • Staff and residents of nursing homes, long-term care facilities, and assisted living facilities.
  • Essential workers, including public safety, education, and staff in congregate living facilities.

According to the draft plan, vaccination statistics will be used to evaluate Phase 1 progress with the vaccine while determining if extra efforts are needed.  

The stats will also examine the number of people vaccinated in Phase 1,  the percent and number of Maryland residents and staff at long-term care facilities vaccinated, and if the COVID-19 vaccine is being equally given to the Phase 1 groups.

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Under Phase 2 of the plan, the vaccine will be distributed to the general public and focuses on the following areas: 

  • Availability of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Notification by the CDC and state authorities that the general public Phase 2 can begin based on a suitable supply of the vaccine.
  • Achievement of targeted metrics for vaccination of high priority Phase 1 groups.

According to a release from Gov. Hogan's Office, the Maryland Department of Health is in the process of recruiting and enrolling health care providers, local health departments, employee occupations health providers, and pharmacists in Maryland's Vaccine Program Immunization (ImmuNet) to make sure that there will be enough vaccinators to meet state needs. 

ImmuNet is a tool for providers to register and order COVID-19 vaccines, track the delivery of vaccines, report the number of doses of the vaccines given, and when second doses of the vaccines are due. 

Here is the full version of Maryland's COVID-19 vaccination plan:

As of Tuesday, Maryland has 136,744 coronavirus cases and 3,904 deaths.  The state reported 590 new cases and nine new confirmed deaths with 464 current hospitalizations, which is 30 more than Monday and the highest number reported since Aug. 19. 

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