Health

Animals at the Maryland Zoo are getting the animal-friendly COVID vaccine

Animals now are receiving protection from COVID with a vaccine provided by Zoetis at no cost to the zoos. It will be given to 34 animals at the zoo, and they will begin receiving the shots in October of this year.

Maryland holds game in honor of mental health awareness

Maryland football wears green ribbons in honor of mental health awareness for their game against Iowa.

Maryland residents eligible for free medical equipment

The Maryland Durable Medical Equipment Re-Use Program provides Maryland residents with donated equipment — such as wheelchairs, walkers, hospital beds, scooters and even pediatric equipment that have been sanitized and repaired — at no cost.

Robust, unique vaccine outreach bears fruit for state grant

A $3 million vaccine canvassing program Gov. Larry Hogan announced Sept. 8 is benefiting 26 community groups statewide, and by targeting some minority or vaccine-hesitant areas, more unique solutions are bearing fruit.

Hogan announces boosters for people 65+ in nursing homes

Marylanders 65 and over living in congregate care facilities, including nursing homes, are eligible for COVID-19 booster shots effective immediately.

Prince George’s Community College teaches healthy habits for free

Largo, MD- The culinary program at Prince George’s Community College is offering free classes to anyone who wants to learn how to create a healthier lifestyle for residents. This program is in partnership with the American Heart Association.

UMD’s CARE to Stop the Violence team hosts healing session for sexual violence awareness

College Park, MD – The CARE to Stop Violence Office at the University of Maryland Presents: Take Back the Night 2021 – The Road to Healing. Outside La Plata Beach, survivors, supporters and the larger community engage in creative self-care…

Maryland lifts outdoor mask mandate and outdoor dining restrictions

Maryland – Governor Larry Hogan lifted Maryland’s statewide outdoor mask mandate on Wednesday and announced there will no longer be restrictions for outdoor dining. Both Howard and Montgomery County are still enforcing outdoor masking, but Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks has yet to announce the county’s plans. Masks are still required indoors, at large ticketed venues and on public transportation.

Md. Justice Commission plans to increase data access

Legislation that increases funding for legal services, reduces health inequities, and improved access to unemployment benefits were among the successes of a justice task force led by Maryland’s attorney general.

Maryland launches mobile vaccination program to give shots to those in underserved communities

Reisterstown, MD –  The Maryland Department of Health and Maryland Emergency Management Agency unveil mobile vaccination sites that will roll through Maryland starting this weekend. The 32 foot long mobile units will be staffed by trained vaccinators and will serve…