Story at a glance
- Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said Sunday a small minority of his state’s unvaccinated population is overwhelming hospitals.
- Hogan said the 8 percent who remain unvaccinated account for 75 percent of hospitalizations.
- Currently, there are more than 2,700 hospitalizations related to COVID-19 in the state.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said Sunday a small minority of his state’s unvaccinated population is overwhelming hospitals, saying they account for 75 percent of hospitalizations.
“These vaccines were designed to help stop serious illness and death. And they’re working beautifully that way, because, right now, we have 92 percent of our state vaccinated here in Maryland, one of the most vaccinated in the country,” Hogan told CNN’s Dana Bash.
“But we have overflowing hospitals. And so that 8 percent of the population who has not been vaccinated is responsible for 75 percent of all the people that are filling up our COVID beds in the hospital,” Hogan continued.
Currently, there are more than 2,700 hospitalizations related to COVID-19 in the state, according to state data.
Hogan also recounted his own bout of COVID-19 following his diagnosis in December, noting his vaccine and booster dose prevented him from becoming seriously ill.
“Luckily, because I was fully vaccinated and boosted, I didn’t get really sick. I did self-quarantine and isolate for 10 days, as we recommend everybody does, because I didn’t want to get anybody else sick. But because I had that protection, I had sort of a bad cold.”
Data shows nearly 92 percent of Maryland residents 18 and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and more than 1.6 million booster doses have been administered in the state.
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