ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan received his seasonal influenza vaccination today and urged Marylanders to do the same. The governor also welcomed pharmacists and pharmacy personnel to the State House in honor of American Pharmacists Month and thanked them for their integral role in administering life-saving COVID-19 vaccines.
“Pharmacists across Maryland continue to work on the front lines of our fight against COVID-19,” said Governor Hogan. “This American Pharmacists Month, we are reminded that one of the many ways we can support these heroes—and all front line workers—is by getting the flu vaccine, which is readily available at pharmacies across the state.”
Federal health officials recommend that everyone six months and older get an annual flu vaccine. The ideal time to receive the flu vaccine is by the end of October to ensure maximum protection. It takes the body about two weeks after vaccination to develop protection against seasonal influenza. Flu shots are available at pharmacies and clinics across the state. Visit health.maryland.gov/flu for more information, and visit CDC.gov for facts about the flu vaccine.
The governor, along with Deputy Secretary Dr. Jinlene Chan of the Maryland Department of Health and Brigadier General Janeen Birckhead of the Maryland National Guard, welcomed pharmacists and pharmacy personnel from Weis, Rite Aid, Northern Pharmacy, Apple Discount Drugs, CARE Pharmacies, ShopRite, Costco, Giant, Safeway, CVS, Walmart, and Walgreens.