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Seniors Living in Group Settings Can Get COVID-19 Booster Shots Immediately: Maryland Gov.

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday that seniors aged 65 and older who live in congregate settings could start getting COVID-19 booster shots immediately. Hogan said the state had already administered over 28,000 boosters to immunocompromised Marylanders. However, he complained that the Biden administration’s guidance on booster shots has been “confusing and contradictory.” Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that “moderately to severely immunocompromised people” receive an additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. That includes people who have been receiving active cancer treatment, people who are taking medicine to suppress the immune system because of an organ or stem cell transplant, among others. “And it is still unclear when and how more people will become eligible,” Hogan continued. “But all of the evidence makes it abundantly clear that we cannot afford to delay taking decisive action to protect our most vulnerable citizens.” The state’s authorization applies …

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