Mayor calls on state to set up mass vaccination sites; vaccination spots filled this month

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott is calling on Gov. Larry Hogan to set up mass COVID-19 vaccination sites to speed up vaccinating the city population.

The city has a population of almost 600,000 people, and its only citywide COVID-19 vaccine site is at an Under Armour facility in Port Covington, where the number of vaccines administered is just 500 per day.

"We know that we need to be doing more than 500 per day," Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa said.

"We are clearly not where we would like to be with these numbers," Scott said.

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Dzirasa suggested the Baltimore City Health Department on its own doesn't have the capacity to ramp up distribution as needed. Dzirasa said every COVID-19 vaccination appointment slot has been filled through the end of January.

"There is a need to rapidly expand and scale up, and the only way we are going to be able to do that is through collaboration with partners," Dzirasa said.

Dzirasa said the city has received a little more than 11,000 doses so far. Read more at WBALTV