Supreme Court skeptical of Biden’s workplace vaccine rule
WASHINGTON — Fully vaccinated and mostly masked, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority appeared skeptical Friday of the Biden administration’s authority to impose a vaccine-or-testing requirement on the nation’s large employers. The court seemed more open to a separate vaccine mandate for most health care workers. The arguments in the two cases come at a time of […]
Amid hospitalization surge, Montgomery County executive hints mask mandate may be extended
The leader of Maryland's most populous county said a mask mandate may need to continue even after the number of vaccinated residents reaches a key benchmark.
COVID vaccine for younger kids already being packed, shipped
WASHINGTON — Anticipating a green light from vaccine advisers, the Biden administration is assembling and shipping millions of COVID-19 shots for children ages 5-11, the White House said Monday. The first could go into kids’ arms by midweek. “We are not waiting on the operations and logistics,” said coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients. By vaccinating children, […]
Marylanders eager to get COVID-19 booster shot, poll says
More than eight in 10 Marylanders say they would get a COVID-19 booster when it becomes available, according to a new Goucher College poll.
FDA panel endorses booster shot for J&J COVID-19 vaccine
A panel of U.S. health advisers endorsed booster doses of Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot COVID-19 vaccine Friday, saying they should be offered at least two months after immunization.
Montgomery County schools ask judge to deny injunction against vaccine mandate
A Montgomery County Public Schools administrator who sued over a COVID-19 vaccine mandate received a religious exemption this week, rendering his federal lawsuit moot, the school system contends in a new court filing. The employee’s suit, filed last month in U.S. District Court in Maryland, said that the anonymous administrative employee inquired about a religious […]
Over 95% of UMMS employees in compliance with vaccine mandate, officials say
The vast majority of University of Maryland Medical System staff members have come into compliance with the system’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements, the system reported Friday. According to the system’s vaccine mandate, employees were to be vaccinated or receive an exemption by Sept. 1. Officials said 98% of the system’s clinical staff and 96% of its […]
Robust, unique vaccine outreach bears fruit for Maryland grant
A $3 million vaccine canvassing program is benefiting 26 community groups statewide, including in some targeted minority or vaccine-hesitant areas.
Anne Arundel explores instituting vaccine passport system
Vaccine passports could be coming to Anne Arundel County. County Executive Steuart Pittman told reporters he has been having discussions with his staff on the use of the passports and is working on finding a vendor. The first-term Democrat said he believes such a system could help businesses and the county encourage vaccinations among employees […]
Students at UMD, St. Mary’s have registrations canceled due to vaccine noncompliance
Seventy-nine students at Maryland’s largest college, the University of Maryland, College Park, had their fall course registrations canceled due to failure to comply with the school’s COVID-19 vaccine requirements, according to a university spokesperson. The number accounts for less than 0.2% of the college’s student body, which was over 40,000 students in fall 2020. The […]
COVID-19 vaccination rates soar at USM schools
University System of Maryland schools have vaccination rates that far surpass those in their local jurisdictions.
As classes near, Maryland universities say their COVID plans are in place
Maryland colleges and universities will be reopening their campuses to students, faculty and staff while implementing plans to guard against COVID-19.