Gov. Hogan releases plan for COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Maryland

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan speaks at a coronavirus press conference in Annapolis on March 12, 2020. (Matt McDonald/For The Diamondback)

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan released the state’s initial COVID-19 vaccination plan Tuesday, defining which populations will receive priority when a vaccine becomes available.

The plan is divided into two phases, according to a press release. Phase one will focus on getting the vaccine to “priority groups,” including people with high-risk health conditions, nursing home staff and residents, health care workers and other essential workers, according to the plan.

An estimated 14 percent of Marylanders will fall into the phase one vaccination category, the plan read.

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Phase two will involve vaccinating the general public. The state will evaluate several metrics, including the vaccine’s availability, before moving to this phase, according to the plan.

The state submitted the draft plan to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week, according to the release.

Nearly 40 Maryland companies are working to develop and manufacture a vaccine, improve COVID-19 tests and produce clinical research, according to the release. There is currently no FDA-approved vaccine.

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