Parts of state will move into vaccination Phase 1C Monday
Starting Monday, Marylanders in Phase 1C in some locations will be eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine, according to St. Mary’s County Health Department. That phase includes those over 65 years old, grocery store employees, public transit workers, postal service workers, laboratory service employees, agricultural production and farming workers, manufacturing employees and veterinary service workers.
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Those over the age of 65 will be prioritized. The weekly allotment received will determine the pace at which counties progress through each phase. All those who are eligible for Phase 1A and Phase 1B will continue to be eligible for the vaccine as counties move in to the next level.
The state is currently receiving 10,000 doses a day for the over 1.5 million people who are eligible, according to the Maryland Department of Health.
A report by IHME said daily cases and deaths were continuing to increase in the state, making COVID-19 the number one cause of death in the state on the week of Jan. 14. The Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) estimates 19% of Marylanders have been infected as of Jan. 11. The daily death rate exceeds 4 per million in 47 states.
The institute expects daily deaths to peak at 40 per day in Maryland on Jan. 18, and hit a cumulative number of 9,000 by May 1. By then, 700 lives will likely be saved in Maryland thanks to the vaccine. Also on May 1, 41.6% of Marylanders will still be susceptible to the virus.
As of Friday evening, Maryland has only used 40% of its allocated doses — which is among the lowest percent of distribution in the country. It has vaccinated 4.2% of its residents and given 287,512 doses. The state has received 822,050 doses so far.