VIDEO RELEASE: Governor Hogan Joins Faith Leaders at M&T Bank Stadium to Recognize Role of Faith-Based Community in Vaccine Distribution
ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today joined nearly 50 Maryland faith leaders at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore City to recognize the role of faith-based and community-based institutions in vaccine distribution across the state. The governor was joined by Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford, Brigadier General Janeen Birckhead, and Secretary Dennis Schrader of the Maryland Department of Health.
“Equally as important as getting a vaccine yourself is helping someone you know to get a vaccine,” said Governor Hogan. “At the core of that effort is engaging with our trusted community leaders to stand up vaccination clinics in underserved and hard-to-reach areas and educating people about the safety and effectiveness of these vaccines.”
“Faith-based and community-based organizations have been instrumental in our fight against the coronavirus pandemic and expanding the reach of the state’s vaccination efforts,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford. “I have worked closely with many of you and called on you as trusted voices to encourage more people to get vaccinated because you are uniquely positioned as members of the clergy to connect with folks on a personal level and reach them in a way government officials may not reach them.”
Over the winter, M&T Bank Stadium was converted into one of the state’s first mass vaccination sites and recently surpassed the milestone of 100,000 vaccines administered. All Marylanders age 16 and older are now eligible to get vaccinated at any of the state’s mass vaccination sites. Today, the State of Maryland surpassed three million COVID-19 vaccines administered.