ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Gov. Larry Hogan, First Lady Yumi Hogan, and Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford received their COVID-19 vaccines on Monday.

The governor’s office said they will receive them publicly to help promote the vaccines’ safety and efficacy.

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He thanked them Monday for joining him “to show people that they are safe and to encourage Marylanders to sign up to get vaccinated.”

Hogan also thanked the National Guard medics who are helping with vaccinations across the state.

“You guys did a great job and I really didn’t feel that,” the governor said. “I also feel good I feel like I could drop and give you 100 push ups right now.”

Hogan stressed the likelihood of experiencing significant side effects from the vaccine “is less than 0.5%,” adding getting the vaccine is “the only way to end the danger to our economy and bring this pandemic to an end.


Starting Monday, inmates at high risk of developing complications from the coronavirus, as well as teachers and Marylanders aged 75 and older, will also start getting vaccinated as the state moves into Phase 1B of its vaccine distribution plan.

Vaccinations are by appointment only for now.

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Last week, some health departments told WJZ they were starting to run out of vaccines.

Appointments in Baltimore City are full through January, although the health commissioner said they are working to make more available.

The governor said with the state receiving an average of 10,000 doses a day from the federal government, Maryland will run out of doses unless the federal government ramps up supply.

The state health department reports 233,309 people have received their first dose of the vaccine in Maryland. In the last 24 hours, 9,569 people were given their first dose. More than 21,800 have received their second dose of the vaccine, 505 in the last 24 hours.

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For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department’s website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ’s coverage on coronavirus in Maryland here.