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Md. Governor Orders COVID Vaccinations for State Employees in ‘Congregate Settings’

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says coronavirus vaccinations will now be mandatory for state employees who work in “congregate settings.”

The new protocols, announced Thursday by Hogan, are for those who are employed by the departments of Health, Juvenile Services, Public Safety and Correctional Services and Veterans Affairs, WTTG-TV (Channel 5) reported.

Employees at state health care facilities would also be required to get vaccinations. Additionally, Hogan urged private nursing homes to implement mandatory vaccinations, WTTG reported.

The vaccine mandate comes amid rising cases in Maryland, which, like others states, is dealing with the fast-spreading delta variant of the coronavirus.

Hogan said last week that he doesn’t favor a statewide mask mandate and that the state’s posture is strongly recommending wearing masks while indoors.

As of Friday, roughly 78% of Maryland residents 18 and older have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, with about 3.6 million of the total state population now fully vaccinated, according to a state-run tracker.

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