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Maryland Nursing Home Staff And Residents Will Be First To Get COVID-19 Vaccine

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Gov. Larry Hogan has announced those most vulnerable to getting COVID-19 would be the first in Maryland to get vaccines when they become available.

He said Thursday morning they include nursing home staff and residents, senior day care workers and public safety officials. 

Hogan made the announcement while visiting Novavax in Gaithersburg.

The company is in its second phase of clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccinations. This means it’s near its third and final phase of clinical trials. 

Novavax aims to start distributing a vaccine later this year as part of Operation Warp Speed.

Sarah Y. Kim is WYPR’s health and housing reporter. Kim is WYPR's Report for America corps member, and Anthony Brandon Fellow. Kim joined WYPR as a 2020-2021 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The GroundTruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. Now in her second year as an RFA corps member, Kim is based in Baltimore City.