Monday, April 19, 2021 |
Partly Cloudy

Maryland expanded vaccine rollout to those 65 and older to correct racial disparities, acting health secretary says

March 9, 2021

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.

Article Source: Baltimore Sun

The Morning Rundown

We’re staying up to the minute on the issues shaping the future. Join us on the newsletter of choice for Maryland politicos and business leaders. It’s always free to join and never a hassle to leave. See you on the inside.