What’s happening?

Baltimore City will start giving health care workers, first responders, and public safety workers COVID-19 booster shots beginning September 20, according to Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa. 

Why now? 

Baltimore City officials are following CDC guidelines released on August 18th that recommend Americans receive this third shot eight months after their second vaccine dose. Health officials have yet to recommend a booster for people who received the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

Anything else I should know? 

According to WYPR, Baltimore’s COVID-19 case count rose 471% in the four weeks before August 19. Dzirasa said at a press conference that she’s particularly concerned about a rise in case counts among youth. Nationally, young adults between 20 to 29 years old account for the highest incident rates, followed by children under 10 years old. 

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