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80% of Adult Marylanders Have Gotten at Least One Dose of COVID Vaccine, Governor Says

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says 80% of the state’s adults have now gotten at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

The governor, making an appearance Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” said the state has met two Biden administration benchmarks of at least partially vaccinating 70% of its adults before Memorial Day and 80% before Labor Day, WUSA-TV (Channel 9) reported.

In comparison, roughly 73% of all Americans 18 and older have gotten at least one vaccine dose, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Our numbers are going up, but they’re going up from a very low place,” Hogan said. “We’re still better off than a lot of people and we’re better able to handle the surge than many other places.”

Additionally, Maryland has the second-lowest positivity rate in the country, the Republican governor said.

“As one of the most vaccinated states, our health metrics are among the lowest in America, and we are much better prepared to withstand the significant summer surge of the delta variant, which many other states with lower vaccination rates are now experiencing,” Hogan said. “The vaccines are very safe, they are very effective, they are completely free, and they are widely available nearly everywhere.’

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