GOP Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Sunday blasted the “tremendous disinformation” about vaccines, says it’s hampering even his state’s high rate of inoculations.
In an interview on NBC News’ “Meet The Press,” Hogan said he’s now focused on “those last 19%” who aren’t vaccinated in Maryland.
“I think we're very proud of the fact that we're one of the most vaccinated states in the country,” he said, adding, “We have vaccinated 81% of all the people that are eligible, everybody 12 and over, 95% of our seniors.”
“As a result, our hospitalizations are down some 70% from their peak, deaths are down, but we're still dealing with the unvaccinated folks which account for most of our hospitalizations and deaths,” he said.
“Some of it has to do with the fact that there's been tremendous disinformation campaigns, and people are believing things that are simply not true,” he lamented. “It's not just in the red areas where we're having difficulties. We're one of the states with the highest percentage of minority populations and in some of our urban areas we have similar challenges.”
Hogan also slammed “mixed messaging” on vaccine boosters from the Biden administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Federal Drug Administration and the White House.
“We need clear guidance on these booster shots because it undermines the credibility of it,” he said.
“I guess they slipped and pre leaked an announcement about booster shots with all three vaccines and then had to backtrack,” he added.
“They haven't messaged properly about how to take care of these breakthrough infections,” he lamented. “It does reduce hospitalization and death, but not stopping people from getting breakthrough infections. The messaging was not clear with either [the Trump or Biden] administration. That's one of the ways we've been successful in our state is clear, direct messaging that people can believe in and listen to.”
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