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Governor Hogan declares immunization awareness month August

ANNAPOLIS, MDGovernor Larry Hogan today announced “Don’t Wait, Get Vaccine,” a new campaign to encourage parents and guardians to get their children vaccinated before the start of the new school year.

To highlight the importance of routine immunizations, Governor Hogan has declared August Immunization Awareness Month. Additionally, thanks to the state’s $ 1 Million VaxU Promotion, all Marylanders ages 12 to 17 who receive a COVID-19 vaccine are eligible for a $ 50,000 scholarship. This week’s winners are from Baltimore County and the City of Baltimore.

Watch the PSA campaign here.

“We are working with pediatricians and other health care providers to prioritize visits to healthy children, and our local health services are setting up immunization clinics to help welcome children safely. at school, “said Assistant Secretary for Public Health Dr. Jinlene Chan of the Maryland Department of Health (MDH).

According to ImmuNet, the Maryland Immunization Information System, April 2020 saw the largest decrease in the number of vaccinations given to children from birth to 18 years old, with a 46% decrease from April 2019. For routine childhood immunizations, the largest drops have occurred. in the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine — a 71% decrease — and the chickenpox vaccine — a 68% decrease.

“As we reopen schools this year for full-time in-person learning, it’s important to remember that enrolling in school requires students to be up to date on routine immunizations,” said the superintendent. State of Mohammed Choudhury Schools. “Particularly after last year’s experience with extended closures due to COVID-19, our children can no longer afford to stray from the academic and socio-emotional support of their school communities. “

‘Don’t Wait, Get Vaccine’ includes public service television announcements and digital media in English and Spanish featuring pediatricians and other healthcare professionals reminding parents to make appointments to educate children of their vaccinations. The campaign also encourages parents to view their children’s official immunization records online at, a free and secure portal where users can access official copies of their records and those of their family members.

The Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MDAAP) and the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians (MDAFP) recommend that children resume routine check-ups and get vaccinated against vaccine-preventable diseases.

“Routine childhood immunizations are essential to keep our children safe and delays can lead to regional and national epidemics of preventable diseases that put our most vulnerable at high risk,” said MDAAP President Debbie Badawi, MD, FAAP. “We strongly urge all families to check with their child’s pediatrician to make sure they are up to date and as protected as possible.”

“COVID-19 has not made other vaccine-preventable diseases disappear,” added MDAFP President Jocelyn Hines, MD, MBA. “All vaccines are extensively tested for safety and effectiveness before being approved or cleared for use by the United States Food and Drug Administration. Please have your children vaccinated now before the start of the school year.

Maryland’s back-to-school vaccination requirements are available from the MDH Vaccination Center. For a list of local health department back-to-school vaccination clinics, visit

To find a COVID-19 vaccination site for Marylanders aged 12 or older, visit or call 1-855-MD-GOVAX (1-855-634-6829). For more information on COVID-19 in Maryland, visit

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