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Doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in Frederick County.

As Maryland moved into Phase 2B of its COVID-19 vaccine rollout Tuesday to include anyone 16 and older with underlying health conditions, the state announced it is now administering more than 50,000 doses per day on average.

On Monday, the state delivered 55,044 shots into arms, a new single-day high.

"Our daily vaccination rate continues to rise to record levels, and we are finally receiving the increase in supply promised by the federal government," Gov. Larry Hogan said in a prepared statement. "The nation is in a race between vaccines and variants, and it is critical for Marylanders at higher risk of COVID-19 illness to get vaccinated."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 75 percent of Marylanders 65 and older and almost 40 percent of Marylanders 18 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Maryland is also getting shots into arms at a faster rate than 33 other states, the CDC says.

The state has now administered more than 2.6 million shots. That includes nearly 70,000 first doses, 40,000 second doses and 4,000 doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Frederick County.

More than 16 percent of Frederick County's population has now been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the Frederick County Health Department.

The health department received 2,500 first doses of the vaccine this week, which is 500 more than last week.

Frederick County's testing positivity rate dropped under 6 percent Tuesday, but it's still above the 5-percent goal health experts have aimed for throughout the pandemic. The rolling positivity rate stood at 5.84 percent in Frederick and 5.24 percent statewide.

Locally, the county reported 36 new cases and no new deaths Tuesday. Additionally, 27 people were in the hospital with COVID-19, with three of those people being in intensive care.

After the state moved into Phase 2B Tuesday, it is scheduled to move into Phase 2C on April 13, making anyone 55 and older and essential workers in critical industries such as construction, food service and transportation eligible to receive the vaccine.

On April 27, anyone 16 and older will be eligible when the state moves into Phase 3.

The county health department said it intends to follow the state's eligibility guidelines for the vaccine after previously adopting a more conservative approach.

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(9) comments

notconcerned

Signed up on Friday, had appointment scheduled on Saturday, jabbed yesterday. That easy! Way to go Lar.

ma23464

Those in groups 1A, 1B And 1C have not been able to get vaccinated. Why do we keep moving along when many are left behind in the previous groups?

Greg F

Really? I'm in 2B and was able to get an appointment as soon as it was announced. You have to put in some work, yes, but I did find one....and many more that were available locally and as far out as Garret County. We seem to have enough vaccine denier types that don't want one that should also be freeing up space.

ma23464

I have tried dozens of times. It took an actual act of god to get the elders of the family signed up early on. Some of the elders only got vaccinated through an insider tip. The process to sign up is confusing and inefficient. The site does no work in many internet browsers. I just check several vaccine sites again this morning and no appointments are available.

What’s sad is the lower income people of society are the most likely to be unable to get an appointment.

gabrielshorn2013

ma, try this one. Pre-register by answering some simple questions, and they will schedule you for an open appointment. It's really easy.

gabrielshorn2013

Here's the link: https://massvax.maryland.gov/

gabrielshorn2013

That's not my experience ma. I am in 2A, and preregistered on the state website on Monday March 23, got my appointment on Saturday March 27, got a confirmation notification on Sunday, and got jabbed yesterday at the Prime Outlet mass vaccination center in Hagerstown. Walked in, showed them my ID, sat down, got jabbed, waited the mandatory 15 minutes, and was on my way 20 minutes or so after arriving. Easy Peasy.

ma23464

I am in 1c and signed and pre-registered almost as soon as pre-registration was available. I have received several emails and text messages about being registered but nothing about getting the actual shot.

threecents

Ma, keep trying. I am 1C and tried dozens of times before getting signed up a few weeks ago at the Walgreens web site. The next week the county contacted me to sign up. I think 7AM is a good time to try at the CVS and Walgreens web sites. I have two relatives in Frederick who are 2B, and they got signed up for CVS this week. Good luck.

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