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Gov. Larry Hogan Visits Vaccine Equity Task Force Vaccination Site

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Gov. Larry Hogan Visits Vaccine Equity Task Force Vaccination Site

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VIC CARTER: Another step in the right direction. Governor Hogan tours a new community vaccination site as he pushes to get more Marylanders vaccinated. Hello, everyone. I'm Vic Carter.

DENISE KOCH: And I'm Denise Koch.

VIC CARTER: While getting shots into the arms of those who qualify right now remains a priority, the governor says they're keeping a close eye on vaccine supply.

DENISE KOCH: So this comes as more Marylanders are hospitalized with the coronavirus, and the positivity rate has gone up for five days straight. WJZ Investigator Mike Hellgren is live at the Convention Center with the vaccine supply concerns. Mike?

MIKE HELLGREN: Vic, Denise, right now 22% of people in the state have gotten their first shot. The governor says for the next two weeks, that supply level is going to remain the same. And only once supply increases will he consider increasing the number of people who are eligible to get the shot.

- The kind of light at the end of the tunnel, the hope. You can start feeling. I feel a little excitement.

LARRY HOGAN: Just starting to.

MIKE HELLGREN: Governor Hogan says White House officials told him Maryland will not see an increase in COVID-19 vaccine supply for the next two weeks.

LARRY HOGAN: This has been an issue of huge demand and not enough supply.

MIKE HELLGREN: Maryland is already not expected to get more single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines until at least this Thursday. The good news-- Hogan says supply of all vaccines should skyrocket by April.

LARRY HOGAN: We're going to start seeing some trucks roll in. The month of April should be dramatically different in the ability to ramp up all these things at higher levels.

- You've got to act tough, OK?

MIKE HELLGREN: The governor toured a vaccination clinic at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden, along with Prince George's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, who attends services here.

ANGELA ALSOBROOKS: Our data is telling us that we do not currently have an issue with hesitancy. We have 120,000 people on a waiting list.

MIKE HELLGREN: The outreach at churches is part of Hogan's Vaccine Equity Task Force. The state has also set up clinics at churches in Baltimore.

JANEEN BIRCKHEAD: When we ask, what is that Equity Task Force is doing? What are they doing? Well, now you see it in practice.

MIKE HELLGREN: In Anne Arundel County, officials are concerned about a lack of testing and people failing to show up for vaccine appointments.

NILESH KALYANARAMAN: Some of our sites, we're seeing up to 25% no shows/turn away. The county executive also had a warning ahead of St. Patrick's Day.

STEUART PITTMAN: The distancing limits are still in effect. People are not supposed to be standing at bars drinking with their masks off.

MIKE HELLGREN: And he urged people to report violators. St. Patrick's Day is also a concern of Baltimore mayor Brandon Scott, who did not relax restrictions last week along with much of the rest of the state. Reporting live at the Convention Center mass vaccination site, Mike Hellgren, WJZ.