How Maryland Is Working to Vaccinate Its Homeless Population
by Tori Bergel
Published April 26 in Capital News Service
Excerpt: On March 5, 2020, Maryland’s first three positive cases of COVID-19 were confirmed.
On March 30, 2020, Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan (R) issued a stay-at-home order, keeping residents from work or school, and setting in motion a new normal for the state of pandemic-related anxiety to which the world is still accustomed.
On Dec. 11, the Food and Drug Administration approved administration of the first coronavirus vaccine in the U.S., developed by Pfizer-BioNTech.
This month, on April 6, over a year from when the pandemic began, Hogan announced that all Marylanders over the age of 16 were now eligible to receive a vaccine.
While the news gave the state its first true glimpse at a possible return to normalcy, some of the most vulnerable communities are still struggling to gain access to that same hope.
Individuals experiencing homelessness are one such population, and are highlighted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a “particularly vulnerable group” for COVID-19.