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Former Department of Health and Mental Hygiene secretary Joshua Sharfstein said he is not surprised that a recent survey ranked Maryland near the top among states with the most vaccinated residents and dismissed a national poll suggesting that one of three people would not take the Covid-19 vaccine once it becomes available.
“I’m not that surprised. I think we’ve always had a strong vaccine effort in the state,” Sharfstein told MarylandReporter.com in a phone interview on Monday.
Sharfstein added: “We have a pretty relatively strong public health system. So people can get vaccines-particularly kids. We have an active group of pediatricians who are very supportive of vaccination. And we don’t have as many from the anti-vaccination world in Maryland as other states do.”
Del. Brian Chisholm (R-Anne Arundel), who sits on the House and Government Operations Committee, said that he too is not surprised that Maryland is ranked among the most vaccinated states in the nation.
“It doesn’t necessarily surprise me because of all of the different medical institutions that are surrounded here and their emphasis on medical innovation. And because we have [Johns] Hopkins and the University of Maryland Medical System. I’m …
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