The latest on coronavirus in Maryland.
- Thank you. More than 1.3 million Marylanders have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Governor Hogan says the state set a new record on Friday, giving out more than 94,000 doses. The governor says we're nearing our goal of nearly 100,000 shots per day, but increasing the rate of vaccinations is dependent on supply. And now the state is facing challenges. The federal government recently announced it's cutting Maryland's allotment of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine by 85%.
City officials are working to get more people vaccinated. The Ark Church in East Baltimore held a vaccine clinic on Saturday. About 100 shots were given out to community members. Organizers say the point of the clinic is to give local residents alternatives to vaccination sites. They plan to hold two more clinics later this month.
Well health officials are worried about another potential surge as new virus variants spread. The US reported at least 75,000 new COVID cases on four different days this past week. John Lawrence reports.
JOHN LAWRENCE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says COVID-19 related deaths in the US are dropping. But confirmed cases and hospitalizations are on the rise. That includes people in the 18 to 25 age group.
ROCHELLE WALENSKY: We are seeing these increases in younger adults most of whom have not yet been vaccinated.
JOHN LAWRENCE: Before the end of the month, all 50 states are expected to make COVID-19 shots available to everyone at least 16 years old.
SYRA MADAD: I am hopeful that we can advert-- not see this fourth surge, but we will see hot spots as we're seeing throughout the nation,
JOHN LAWRENCE: Pfizer is asking the Food and Drug Administration to expand the use of its vaccine for children between 12 to 15 years old.
LEANA WEN: They have shown that in these 4,000 or so individuals, 12 to 15, that the vaccine is safe. There were no adverse safety signals and they were really effective. Actually they are shown to be 100% effective thus far in the trial.
JOHN LAWRENCE: If the FDA approves the emergency use authorization, it would be the only one authorized for children that young.
LEANA WEN: First of all, we need them to get the benefit of the vaccine, but also it will help us to reach herd immunity a lot faster if we don't just have to rely on adults all to be vaccinated.
JOHN LAWRENCE: I'm John Lawrence reporting.
- Well Baltimore County Public Schools are now offering more in-person learning options. Students who need some extra academic support can sign up for Saturday school and after school programs. The programs are funded by the federal CARES grant and will be offered through June.