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When can Marylanders get vaccines?

January 13th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

Coronavirus vaccinations have begun rolling out to the Marylanders who need them the most. Both coronavirus vaccines approved for use — one made by Pfizer and the other by Moderna — require two doses, with the second dose due a couple of weeks after the first. Maryland is rolling out the vaccine in phases.  WBAL reports that currently, Maryland is giving vaccines only to people in Phase 1A, a group that includes health care workers, nursing home residents and first responders.

Phase 1B will include all Marylanders over 75, educators, special needs group homes, high-risk inmates, individuals with developmental disabilities, individuals needed for the continuity of government. Vaccines are expected to be available for these 860,000 individuals by the end of January.

Phase 1C will include Marylanders 65 to 74 years of and workers in additional critical sectors. Phase 2 will include essential utility workers and Marylanders 16 to 64 years old who are at an increased risk of severe illness.

However, officials have warned that at the current pace of production and distribution, it may be several months before the vaccines are available to the general public