The federal government will certainly recommend and order third dose COVID-19 vaccination nationwide in skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers. With his order today, Governor Hogan is again leading on the critical issue of getting vaccines in the arms of Marylanders most in need.
It is important to remember that not all people age 65+ living or working in a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, or in the community-at-large, have the same clinical need for a third dose just because of their age or where they live. The timing for that third dose should be guided by a physician based on the patient.
Additionally, with the help of the federal government, the Maryland National Guard, and the state government, it took several weeks to get most residents, patients, and staff in Maryland nursing homes vaccinated.
Marylanders age 65+ or immune-compromised should consult their physician on their clinical need for an immediate COVID-19 third dose booster. Families, residents, and patients in our setting should also consult with medical professionals. Just as the initial rollout took several weeks, expect that the booster rollout will take time.