The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention endorsed Pfizer COVID-19 boosters for older Americans and Gov. Larry Hogan has announced immediate authorization for the shots.

“While this action was long overdue, I am glad that the federal government has finally approved booster shots for seniors and high-risk individuals," Hogan said in a statement. "It is a significant step toward providing additional protection for our most vulnerable residents and supports the data-based decision we made earlier this month to move ahead on booster shots for seniors in congregate settings."

As of Friday, Maryland has administered 7,842,216 COVID-19 vaccines. 3,924,568 Marylanders have received the first dose of a COVID-19 shot, 3,566,331 have received the second shot and 299,613 have received the Johnson & Johnson shot before counting boosters. 

“Maryland has already administered more than 50,000 additional doses, and we have both the supply and the capacity to provide a booster shot to anyone who needs one," Hogan said. "We have mobilized a robust network of vaccination providers, including pharmacies, primary care providers, mobile clinics, community health centers, and local health departments."... Read More: WBAL