(May 28, 2021) Gov. Larry Hogan is joining the Memorial Day crowd at Seacrets on Friday. But instead of downing orange crushes like many patrons, he’ll be convincing residents to get their covid vaccines.

In a news release issued this week, Hogan’s camp announced that he will be kicking off a GoVAX summer tour at the popular resort hotspot. The initiative is set to bring mobile clinics and vaccine outreach to cultural and community events, bars and breweries, and popular destinations across the state.

“It is easier than ever to find and to receive a vaccine in Maryland,” Hogan said in the release issued Wednesday. “Now, through our GoVAX Summer Tour, we are making it easier yet by bringing vaccines to where people are. I encourage all those who are still on the fence and haven’t gotten yet their shot to go out and get vaccinated right away, and look forward to seeing many of you at Seacrets this Friday.”

Free covid-19 vaccines are available from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at Seacrets and everyone who gets one will receive a voucher for savings on food, drinks or merchandise. No appointment is necessary and those who want to take advantage of the opportunity can walk up to the clinic, which will be set up the restaurant’s distillery parking lot on 49th Street.

A GoVAX Mobile clinic will also be set up from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Friday until June 6 at the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street with no appointment necessary.

Everyone 18 and older who receives a vaccine at the clinics will also be entered into the state’s $2 million VaxCash promotion offering lottery winnings to vaccinated residents daily.

The mobile tour is beginning as the state’s covid positivity rates continue to fall. This week, the numbers fell below the 2 percent mark for the first time since last summer.

The vaccine rate is also creeping slowly up to the 70 percent mark that Hogan was hoping to reach by Memorial Day.

In Worcester County, the positivity rates continue to fall as well, and stayed below 2 percent all week.

Sarah Yonker, the director of marketing for Atlantic General Hospital, said via email Wednesday that the hospital had not had any covid positive patients in-house for 11 straight days, which was a major accomplishment.

“Worcester County’s seven-day positivity rate is around 2 percent, and just under 50 percent of Worcester County’s residents are fully vaccinated,” she said. “We hope the number of infections keeps declining, but it’s important that our community continues to get vaccinated to achieve herd immunity so we can put this pandemic behind us.”

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