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Maryland is set to launch an online portal for all of its COVID-19 mass vaccination sites in March. Acting State Health Secretary Dennis Schrader made the announcement at a hearing Monday, where state senators continued to demand a more equitable distribution of the vaccine.

Schrader told the senate’s Vaccine Oversight Workgroup that the new website would help manage the large number of appointments at the state’s sites.

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  Maryland’s state song, which refers to Abraham Lincoln as a despot and a tyrant and appeals to secessionist sympathies, has long been a source of controversy and the target of unsuccessful repeal efforts.

Now, lawmakers in Annapolis are mounting another effort with what they hope will be some success.

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About 10% of Baltimoreans have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, but distribution challenges like limited supply and bad weather remain a challenge, said City Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa.

“Despite the positive news and important milestone, vaccines remain in short supply both in Baltimore and nationally,” she said at a Monday afternoon news conference.“At this time, vaccine supply remains our greatest limiting factor in providing more vaccinations to residents.”

Gregory Terry

The state health department says more than 725,000 people in Maryland had received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine by Monday morning. That's a little more than 12 percent of the state's population.

Yet as the list of groups eligible to get shots has grown, so have frustration levels among those trying to secure an appointment. Here’s a look at what the wait and the aftermath feel like from some of those Marylanders who have gotten their shots and those who are still waiting.

Baltimore County

Two bills that would have given Baltimore County more oversight over the school system are dead in the Maryland General Assembly.

One would have given the county’s inspector general the authority to investigate fraud, waste and abuse in the school system. The other would have allowed the county to attach strings to some of the money it sends to the schools.

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The Baltimore City Council is set to vote tonight on a controversial plan to provide $107-million of tax increment financing for the Harbor Point development. Two Baltimore City Council members are asking the state to reimburse the city for property tax money it didn’t receive because of a miscalculation made, at least in part, by the state’s Department of Assessments and Taxation. MD’s limited tax-free shopping week is underway; we’ve got a link to information about what’s exempt and what’s not. Plus: the DGA wants to be more active in gubernatorial elections nationwide (and, critics say, in federal races), Charles County businessman Charles Lollar says he plans to seek the GOP gubernatorial nomination, the DNR bans ginseng harvesting from state-owned lands, and more.