Archive for January 13th, 2021

Can states restrict COVID vax to only its residents?

January 13, 2021

Yesterday’s “urging” by the HHS (aka. “the science”) for states to start vaccinating  all folks over 65 may soon make this question moot … but I gotta ask…

In a prior post, I asked: What do lawyers, prisoners and ‘the media” have in common?

The answer to that question: They all are ahead of vulnerable seniors in Maryland’s vax pecking order.


Earlier this week, neighboring DC opened up its vaccination program to all residents 65 and over.

Note the emphasis on the word “residents”.

So, I half-joked that  I (a Maryland resident) might have to move to DC to get a COVID vax shot sooner rather than later.


DC follows Florida which has been vaccinating seniors over 65 for weeks.

Note that the word “residents” doesn’t appear in the prior sentence.

Inadvertent omission?

Nope … it’s a mater of policy.

Florida’s legal logic: The vaccine supply is allocated by the federal government, so all taxpayers are entitled … not just Florida residents.

If folks meet the other criteria (e.g. over 65), they can be vaccinated regardless of residency.


That gets to my question: Who’s right — DC or Florida?

Can a state legally deny vaccine to non-residents who otherwise qualify?

I can’t find a definitive answer.

If you have one, let me know.

Jan. 13: COVID Data Dashboard

January 13, 2021

Vaccinations: U.S. Total
Doses Distributed    27.7 MM
Doses Inoculated      9.3 MM
% Pop Vaxed          2.82 %
Current Day Shots    340 K

Source: CDC   Updated: 1/12/2021

385,089 Deaths-to-Date

4,100 Daily New Deaths  (peak 4,100 Jan. 12)
> 7-day average 3,406      (peak 3,406 Jan. 12)


Confirmed Cases
213,333 New Cases
> 7-day average  236,971

Currently Hospitalized
 Current level
> 7-day average 131,114