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Maryland OKs boosters for 65 and older in congregate care

9-8-21 press conference

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland is authorizing COVID-19 booster shots for all residents 65 and older who live in congregate care settings.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday that nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, residential drug treatment centers and developmentally disabled group homes can now administer booster shots to residents 65 and older.

The state’s health department is issuing new guidance for vaccine providers to administer boosters without any need of a doctor’s order to anyone who considers themselves to be immunocompromised.

The federal government has not yet said when most people should get booster shots.

But Hogan says the CDC has approved them for people who are immunocompromised and many in those facilities are immunocompromised.

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