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October 19, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Public Safety Unions, Police Officers Testify Against County Vaccine Mandate

Montgomery County public safety union representatives and police officers testified against a council bill that would require all county employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or face losing employment, with exemptions for medical reasons. First, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Dr. Earl Stoddard testified on behalf of County Executive Marc Elrich during a virtual council […]

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September 30, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Hogan Directs State Health Officials to Accelerate Plans for Vaccinating Children Ages 5-11

Gov. Larry Hogan said he directed state health officials to work with pediatricians, school systems and local health departments to accelerate their plans for vaccinating children ages five to 11 against COVID-19. Pfizer submitted data to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from a two-dose vaccine trial in children ages five to 11, according to […]

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August 27, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

County Employees Must Show Proof of Vaccination or Undergo Regular Testing

Montgomery County employees must submit documentation showing they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sept. 18 or be required to submit to regular coronavirus testing. County Executive Marc Elrich made the announcement during a virtual media briefing Wednesday. He said those who are unvaccinated are the biggest obstacle to the path back to normalcy. “The […]

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August 23, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

County Live Performance Venues Set COVID-19 Vaccination, Testing Requirements for Attendees 

Some live performance venues in Montgomery County have introduced COVID-19 vaccination or testing requirements for attendees. The Fillmore: Effective Oct. 4, The Fillmore Silver Spring will require proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test taken within 72 hours of the show. Physical proof of either is required and some shows will enforce the […]

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May 20, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Hogan Announces $2 Million Lottery Incentive for Vaccinations

Marylanders 18 years and older who get COVID-19 vaccinated in the state will be automatically entered into a new lottery, Gov. Larry Hogan announced during a press conference Thursday. Beginning Tuesday, May 25, the Maryland Lottery will randomly award $40,000 to a vaccinated resident for 40 straight days — through July 3. On July 4, […]

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May 12, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Hogan Lifts Restrictions on Restaurants, Venues; Indoor Mask Mandate Remains

Effective Saturday, May 15, all Maryland indoor and outdoor dining establishments, including restaurants and bars, can resume normal operations, Gov. Larry Hogan announced at a press conference Wednesday. The same goes for other indoor and outdoor venues. All outdoor entertainment, arts, and sports venues, as well as all indoor entertainment venues and conventions can resume […]

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April 28, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Hogan Lifts State Outdoor Mask Mandate; Outdoor Dining Restrictions Will Lift Saturday 

Gov. Larry Hogan lifted the state’s outdoor COVID-19 mask mandate effective immediately, he announced during a press conference Wednesday. “Masks and face coverings are no longer required outdoors in the state of Maryland,” Hogan said. The CDC released new guidance about mask-wearing on Tuesday, including guidance that fully-vaccinated people can do several outdoor activities without […]

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March 5, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

José Andrés Receives First Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

Chef José Andrés tweeted Thursday that he received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. “I feel lucky to receive the first vaccine shot, lucky to be healthy after a year traveling with @WCKitchen…but many essential workers have not been so lucky. People, get the vaccine when it’s your turn…we must fight for access for […]

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March 3, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Montgomery County Preparing to Move Forward with Vaccine Phases 

The Montgomery County health department (DHHS) is preparing to begin COVID-19 vaccinations for Priority Groups 1B, tiers 2 and 3, and Group 1C Tier 1, to include residents ages 65-74, County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles said during a media briefing Wednesday. Within the last week, the county has doubled down on sending vaccine appointment […]

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January 27, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Hogan Urges More Vaccine Production as Biden Announces Short-Term Increase in Doses

President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that overall COVID-19 vaccine allocations to states will increase from about 8.6 million doses to about 10 million beginning next week. The weekly increase will last for three weeks, said the White House. The Washington Post reported that according to senior Biden administration officials, the increase will primarily come from […]

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