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Maryland’s vaccine distribution efforts abysmal | READER COMMENTARY

The Maryland National Guard helped Anne Arundel County Heath Department staff give out the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to Phase 1A and 1B recipients at a clinic held at the Anne Arundel Community College, Monday, January 18, 2021. (Paul W. Gillespie/Capital Gazette).
The Maryland National Guard helped Anne Arundel County Heath Department staff give out the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to Phase 1A and 1B recipients at a clinic held at the Anne Arundel Community College, Monday, January 18, 2021. (Paul W. Gillespie/Capital Gazette). (Paul W. Gillespie/Capital Gazette)

I believe the state is failing terribly on our distribution of the vaccine. We keep hearing be patient and soon we will run out of vaccines from the federal government. That is not the story. The states complete mishandling of phases and distribution are the story (”Biden administration to boost vaccine supply, expects to protect 300 million Americans by end of summer or early fall,” Jan. 26).

I would love to see The Sun carry a daily banner on the front page for all Marylanders to see. It is a simple task of going to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID Data Tracker website daily and reporting their facts (not from Maryland officials). If Marylanders were reminded daily how absolutely terrible our state and local health departments are performing they might actually become as outraged as myself.

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Here are the facts from the CDC website on Wednesday: Distributed to Maryland: 820,425. Administered by Maryland: 389,253. Percent administered: 47.4%. Rank of percent administered 41 out of 51. Rank of distributed vs. administered: 48. That is the story.

Michael Drummond, Ellicott City

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