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Build on state-of-the-art pandemic response with a focus on maximizing tools and treatments, maintaining preparedness
State will continue to expand test-to-treat provider infrastructure to urgent care and ambulatory care centers
Maximize the use of therapeutics and treatments, promote booster injections for eligible populations
Improved outreach and outreach through statewide call center, launched new “Real Families” public service campaign
State health officials provide update on vaccines for children under 5

Annapolis, MD— Governor Larry Hogan today announced COVIDReady Maryland, the state’s long-term preparedness plan to maximize the tools and treatments available to keep people healthy and out of hospital, and maintain a readiness to respond to emerging variants and potential waves. The plan, which emphasizes infrastructure, awareness and adaptability, builds on the successful data-driven strategies the state has implemented throughout the pandemic.

“Our state public health response has now completely transitioned from an emergency to an ongoing state government operation,” Governor Hogan said. “As the next phase of our nation-leading response and recovery, we are announcing our COVIDReady Maryland plan to maximize all available tools and treatments to prevent serious illness and keep people from being hospitalized, and to maintain a continued long-term state of preparedness so that we are ready to respond to any emerging variants and any potential waves or surges.


Watch today’s press conference.
See slides from today’s press conference.

COVIDReady Maryland understand :

  • Extensive “test to cure” provider infrastructure. “Test to Treat” allows patients to be tested, assessed and treated easily during the same visit to the same location. In the past three months, the state has nearly doubled its “Test to Treat” sites to nearly 90 locations, including the State Center site in Baltimore City. With a focus on equitable geographic distribution to ensure Marylanders can easily access treatment, the Maryland Department of Health is preparing dozens of additional emergency and outpatient care locations to be ready to provide these services by the fall. Find a “Test to Treat” Site.
  • Maximize the use of therapeutics. Therapeutics is a relatively new tool in the fight against COVID-19, but it is rapidly becoming more widespread. In the space of a month this spring, therapeutic use increased by 248%. Although these treatments are not cures, they have a very high success rate in keeping people out of hospital. State health officials will continue to encourage patients and providers to take advantage of these treatments, which are now available at approximately 800 sites statewide. Learn more about COVID-19 treatments and therapeutics.
  • Booster injections for eligible populations. Maryland continues to be one of the most vaccinated and strengthened states in America. The state maintains a robust immunization infrastructure—more than 900 suppliers– and focuses on increasing the number of eligible populations. With all the evolving guidelines coming from the federal government, state health officials have launched a new “Are you up to date?” ” gate which will allow you to check your vaccination status in seconds. Find a vaccination clinic near you.
  • Increased awareness and sensitization. The state’s GoVAX call center (1-855-MD-GOVAX) continues to be available seven days a week and has now booked nearly 2 million appointments. In addition to providing a number of support services for getting tested and vaccinated, the call center runs an aggressive awareness campaign around reminders and therapeutics. To date, call center volume includes over 31.4 million calls and over 16.5 million text messages. Additionally, today state health officials launched a new series of television, radio and social media ads featuring Maryland families sharing their reasons for getting vaccinated against COVID-19. The state also continues to partner with community organizations, including the NAACP, with a focus on equity.
  • Readiness for variants and waves. Maryland’s COVID-19 Multi-Agency Task Force continues to meet daily and aggressively monitor key data metrics. The state will continue to maintain the building blocks of the state’s successful roadmap for recovery, including substantial PCR and rapid home testing capability; a solid stock of masks and PPE; contact tracing for high priority cases; and hospital surge capacity. In addition, the state provided record funding to local health departments to help them bolster their preparedness efforts as well.

State health officials provide update on vaccines for children under 5

At today’s press conference, Assistant Secretary for Public Health Dr. Jinlene Chan provided an update on the state’s preparations for the vaccination of children under 5. There are approximately 358,000 Maryland children in the new eligible age group.

“These COVID-19 vaccines, just like the other COVID-19 vaccines we have for other age groups, will help protect our youngest Marylanders from serious illness, hospitalization or even death from of this virus,” said Dr Chan. “Our goal with this age group, as it has been for all age groups, is to distribute these COVID-19 vaccines equitably across the state, using our extensive network of pediatricians and physicians in family, as well as the local health services, which will be at the forefront of this vaccination effort.

Pending FDA and CDC approval, beginning Monday, June 20, COVID-19 vaccines for infants and toddlers will be available in Maryland. In anticipation of this, the state finalized its first order of these vaccines yesterday. The state expects to receive approximately 65,400 doses initially with additional doses to come.

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