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Maryland Expands Vaccine Eligibility to Residents 60+

All Maryland residents set to be eligible for vaccinations on April 27

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Maryland is moving into the second phase of its vaccination plan Tuesday, meaning residents age 60 or older will be eligible to book an appointment to get their shot.

Phase 2A, which begins Tuesday, targets older Marylanders. About 90% of the state’s virus deaths have been people over 60, Gov. Larry Hogan said in a press release.

News4's Justin Finch has the latest on Maryland opening up vaccine eligibility.

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On March 30, Maryland is scheduled to enter Phase 2B and give eligibility to Marylanders aged 16 and older with a qualifying medical condition.

Gov. Hogan also announced that Phase 2B will be expanded to also include Marylanders 16 and older with disabilities.

 "Individuals included in today's announcement represent some of the poorest and hardest to reach in our disability community, and this works with the efforts of the equity task force to ensure that all Marylanders are encouraged and supported to get vaccinated," said Secretary Carol Beatty of the Maryland Department of Disabilities.

If you’re not yet eligible to get a vaccine in your area, you might still be hoping to get your shot by finding a leftover vaccine that would otherwise be thrown away by a pharmacy or provider in your area. Now there’s an app for that. Cyrus Massoumi created the app, called Dr. B, and joined LX News to explain how it works.

On April 13, Phase 2C is set to begin. Any Marylander age 55 or older and more essential workers will become eligible.

By April 27, Maryland is set to expand eligibility to include all residents 16 and older as it enters Phase 3.

The next month will bring a massive expansion of eligibility and Maryland is taking steps to increase vaccination capacity, too.

This week, Maryland had primary care physicians join the effort. A new vaccination site is also set to open Tuesday at First United Methodist Church of Hyattsville.

Marylanders have two methods to find their vaccine: preregister to get one at a mass vaccination site and search for a nearby vaccination clinic.

You can call 855-MD-GoVAX (855-634-6829) for more information.

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