Maryland officials quickly expanded the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility guidelines to include adults 65 and older in late January to compensate for preexisting racial disparities in life expectancy among seniors, the state’s acting health secretary said Monday. “One of the things we learned is that 75 and older tends to be more dominated by Caucasians. And in order to get equity, we moved into 65-plus,” acting secretary Dennis R. Schrader told state senators during a virtual Vaccine Oversight Workgroup committee meeting.
Maryland expanded vaccine rollout to those 65 and older to correct racial disparities, acting health secretary says
March 9, 2021