ANNAPOLIS, MD (AP) – State officials say Maryland will prioritize its initial COVID-19 vaccinations for hospital-based health care workers, residents of nursing homes, and first responders. Officials said the state is expected to receive 155,000 initial doses of COVID-19 vaccines, and distribution could begin as early as next week for the Pfizer vaccine, and later this month for the Moderna vaccine. State health officials issued an emergency order to expand the scope of practice so that any licensed health care provider, including doctors, nurses, paramedics, and pharmacists, can administer the COVID-19 vaccine with appropriate training and supervision.