The following text and photos are from a Governor Hogan Photo Release:

Governor Larry Hogan today toured the Howard County mass vaccination site located at The Mall in Columbia. The governor was joined by Secretary Dennis Schrader of the Maryland Department of Health, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, and Brigadier General Janeen Birckhead.


“With more than 3,000 points of distribution all across the state, direct scheduling and walk-ups now available at our state mass vaccination sites, and a call center operating seven days a week in over 200 languages, it is now easier than ever to find and get a vaccine,” said Governor Hogan. “We are laser focused on making sure that no arm is left behind, and I encourage all eligible Marylanders to go out and get your shot right away.”


During the visit, the governor presented a proclamation in recognition of National Nurses Day.

“We are proud to partner with Howard County in supporting Governor Hogan’s progress in swiftly vaccinating Marylanders, so they can overcome this devastating, once-in-a-generation global health crisis,” said Ian Putnam, president and CEO of HBC Properties and Investments. “With a centralized location, our property provides easy access to help ensure local community members in and around Columbia have the opportunity to receive vaccinations. Thank you to the Governor and his team for allowing HBC to be part of these important efforts.”


Marylanders can now get vaccinated without an appointment at any of the state’s 13 mass vaccination sites. Direct scheduling is also available to Marylanders age 16 and older by visiting or by calling the state’s COVID-19 Vaccination Support Center at 1-855-MD-GOVAX (1-855-634-6829).


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