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Wrap-up of news stories taken from the day's local headlines.

Maryland OKs appointments for COVID-19 vaccines for kids ages 5-11

Press conference on Nov 3, 2021

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland health officials have authorized providers across the state to immediately begin scheduling appointments, holding clinics, and vaccinating 5- to 11-year-olds.

Gov. Larry Hogan made the announcement Wednesday. The announcement came a day after U.S. health officials gave the final signoff to Pfizer’s kid-size COVID-19 shot.

Hogan detailed outreach efforts to the 515,000 newly eligible Maryland children at a news conference.

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State health officials placed an initial order of 180,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses, which began arriving directly from Pfizer earlier this week.

The state will receive additional allocations in the coming weeks.