The frustration with the vaccine roll-out continues. Ultimately, the state receives approximately 10,000 vaccine doses from the federal government per day and this is insufficient for a state of over six million people. But we still need to administer the vaccines we do have more efficiently and consistently, with far better communication. My seatmate, Delegate Ariana Kelly, wrote a great summary of the situation that I would encourage you to read.
Since the last weekly update I provided the state--and, in fact, the nation--have struggled with the vaccine rollout. I will avoid too much editorializing here except to say that whatever the numbers may reflect, the process has been too confusing and slow for most of us. I continue to recommend that constituents sign up for the Montgomery County vaccine email distribution list here.
Typically I send an email the first day of the legislative session that primarily focuses on the legislative agenda for the coming 90 days. But given the public health crisis and concerns about the vaccine roll-out, I will start there. I have spent a significant amount of time the past three weeks or so communicating with many of you about the general problems with the vaccine roll-out and worked to answer specific questions about the phases and availability of the vaccine. I believe two points can be simultaneously true: First, Maryland's vaccination roll-out is unacceptably slow and confusing with a dearth of necessary communication. Second, Maryland's vaccination roll-out is not all that different than many other states suffering the same issues.