Governor Larry Hogan announced Thursday in a press release all 16- and 17-year-olds are eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster shot in the state of Maryland, effective immediately.
“Expanding booster eligibility to include 16- and 17-year-olds is another critical step to getting more Marylanders fully protected, and with the convergence of the flu, and the Delta and Omicron variants, it comes at a critical time,” said Hogan.
.@GovLarryHogan announces that the State of Maryland is immediately authorizing COVID-19 Pfizer booster shots for all 16- and 17-year-olds in Maryland.
This action aligns with recommendations by both the FDA and the CDC.
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The order aligns with CDC recommendations for eligible individuals to receive booster shots to maintain immunity.
“As we approach the holiday season, I want to again stress that getting a booster truly is the single most important thing you can do to protect yourself, your family, and your fellow Marylanders.” Hogan urges residents to get vaccinated by Dec. 11 in order to be protected for Christmas, as the vaccine takes two weeks to become effective.
To find a clinic, visit covidvax.maryland.gov or call the state’s multilingual call center, available seven days a week, at 1-855-MD-GOVAX (1-855-634-6829).