Md. opens vaccines for everyone over 16-years-old

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FILE - In this Monday, April 20, 2020 file photo, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan speaks at a news conference in Annapolis, Md., with his wife, Yumi Hogan, right, where the governor announced Maryland has received a shipment from a South Korean company to boost the state's ability to conduct tests for COVID-19 by 500,000. Maryland auditors have found Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration failed to follow state procurement regulations when it bought 500,000 COVID-19 tests from a South Korean company last year. The audit released Friday, April 2, 2021 also said the first batch of tests that later had to be replaced at additional $2.5 million cost had not been authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (AP Photo/Brian Witte, File)

FILE - In this Monday, April 20, 2020 file photo, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan speaks at a news conference in Annapolis, Md., with his wife, Yumi Hogan, right, where the governor announced Maryland has received a shipment from a South Korean company to boost the state's ability to conduct tests for COVID-19 by 500,000. Maryland auditors have found Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration failed to follow state procurement regulations when it bought 500,000 COVID-19 tests from a South Korean company last year. The audit released Friday, April 2, 2021 also said the first batch of tests that later had to be replaced at additional $2.5 million cost had not been authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (AP Photo/Brian Witte, File)

FILE – In this Monday, April 20, 2020 file photo, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan speaks at a news conference in Annapolis, Md., with his wife, Yumi Hogan, right, where the governor announced Maryland has received a shipment from a South Korean company to boost the state’s ability to conduct tests for COVID-19 by 500,000. (AP Photo/Brian Witte, File)

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Maryland has expanded COVID-19 vaccination eligibility. Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced Monday that starting Tuesday all residents 16-years-old and up will be able to get vaccinated at any of the state’s vaccination sites.

“We urge Marylanders to please get vaccinated just as soon as you are able to,” stated the governor. “These vaccines are proven to be safe and effective and are provided at no costs.”

However, those who are 16 and 17-years-old will only be able to get the Pfizer vaccine, which is the only vaccine approved by the FDA for those ages.

“Getting vaccinated will help keep you, your family and your community healthy and safe,” Gov. Hogan continued. He stressed getting more people vaccinated as quickly as possible is the best defense against the coronavirus.

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