February 23, 2021

Governor’s Briefing on COVID-19: February 23, 2021

February 23, 2021 – Governor Hogan Press Conference

  • Maryland is partnering with UMD and JHU to double our sequencing volume. Will be one of the strongest surveillance programs in the nation and the world.
  • 99.6% of first doses delivered to vaccinators administered.
  • 29,096 average shots administered per day.
  • State is monitoring and expanding screening for the South African, UK and Brazilian variants of the virus in Maryland, variants do tend to be more contagious.

Safely Reopening Schools

  • Nearly every school system reopening or planning to reopen for in-person instruction in March.
  • State providing additional funding, 1 million tests, unlimited supply of PPE.
  • New executive order clarifies that masks are required for anyone over the age of 5 in any area of school setting where interaction with others is likely.

Long Term/Congregate Settings

  • Vaccines offered to every nursing home resident and employee.
  • Clinics at assisted living facilities are nearly complete.
  • Clinics at independent living facilities are underway.

M&T Bank Site

  • 55,000 square foot vaccination site.
  • More than 10,000 appointments made.
  • Will be administering 2,000 shots per day by next week.

Southern Maryland Mass Vaccination Site

  • Located at the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs stadium.
  • Opening no later than March 11th.
  • Supported by FEMA.


  • New statewide system launching in March to pre-register for state-run mass vaccination sites.

White House Call

  • Continuing to press for more doses to be produced and distributed.
  • Anticipating the possibility of Johnson & Johnson allocations as early as next week.

Vaccine Fraud

  • No one can charge you for a vaccine or a vaccination.
  • If you suspect fraudulent activity, notify law enforcement immediately.

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