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Vaccine oversight committee questions state's rollout process

| Mar 17, 2021 | Maryland

As Maryland inches towards the goal of fully vaccinating its population, questions continue to fester about how the COVID-19 vaccination is being distributed.     Acting Secretary of Maryland Department of Health Dennis R. Schrader fielded dozens of questions from senators at the Senate Vaccine Oversight Workgroup meeting Monday that...[ Read More ]

MDOH partners with local organizations to vaccinate vulnerable groups

| Mar 11, 2021 | Maryland

Maryland Department of Health (MDH) Acting Secretary Dennis R. Schrader and Maryland National Guard Brigadier General Janeen Birckhead, who also serves as the head of Maryland’s Vaccine Equity Task Force, visited a vaccination site opened Wednesday to serve monitory and vulnerable populations in Gaithersburg and greater Montgomery County. In partnership...[ Read More ]

Health department audit finds millions in spending lacked oversight, circumvented rules

| Feb 24, 2021 | Maryland

An audit of Maryland Department of Health by the Department of Legislative Services shows that 192 interagency agreements (IAs) valued at $210.2 million did not include adequate oversight. Josh Adler, assistant director of audit managers for the DLS, delivered the audit to the Health and Human Services Subcommittee Tuesday.  ...[ Read More ]

Senate Vaccine Oversight Workgroup questions Schrader over slow vax rollout

Shawna De La Rosa | Jan 27, 2021 | Maryland

Members of the Senate Vaccine Oversight Workgroup expressed frustration with the state’s sluggish vaccine rollout in a meeting earlier this week. The state opened up eligibiity to those in group 1C Monday, which created more demand for the vaccine than there is supply.     “There is nothing more important...[ Read More ]

Hogan makes controversial pick for secretary of health

Shawna De La Rosa | Jan 13, 2021 | Maryland

Governor Larry Hogan re-nominated Dennis R. Schrader to be the secretary of health, a post he has held on an acting basis since Robert R. Neall retired on Dec. 1. The choice, however, is a controversial one as the state’s lawmakers have denied his nomination in the past.    ...[ Read More ]

Maryland's first batch of 155,000 vaccine doses will only cover half of healthcare workers

Shawna De La Rosa | Dec 7, 2020 | Maryland

Maryland will receive 155,000 vaccine doses soon after the Pfizer and Moderna products are approved by the FDA, which may be as early as this week.     “It’s only a tiny fraction of what we need,” Gov. Larry Hogan said in a press conference recently. “It covers about half...[ Read More ]