Roughly 30% of Maryland residents who died from coronavirus-related illnesses between Sept. 1 and Oct. 15 were fully vaccinated, the state health department said.

Of the 649 deaths in that period, 195 were of those who had been vaccinated, though the department said many who died also had underlying health conditions, Baltimore’s WBAL-TV reported.

“This further underscores our mission to maintain immunity by urging eligible Marylanders to get their booster shots,” officials said in a statement, WBAL reported.

As of Wednesday, nearly 4 million Maryland residents are fully vaccinated, according to a state-run online tracker.

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