Vaccination update

Dear resident:

As you are seeing in communications from the state, Maryland has opened up eligibility to both 1A and 1B and now 1C priority groups.

I have been among those advocating to widen eligibility, in order to get doses off the shelf and into arms. By widening eligibility, administration of doses should accelerate.

Remember that there are four vaccination administrative operations. It is important to distinguish among them.

  • Hospitals — now 1A/1B/1C as per state guidelines
  • County government — for County priority groups (presently 1A and 75+ only)
  • CVS/Walgreens — for nursing homes, long term care, group homes (1A)
  • Retail pharmacies — The state has added Giant, Walmart, and more are expected soon for 1A/1B/1C, following state guidelines

Residents can call 240-777-2982 for County government appointment pre-registration. Note however that the County is not involved in scheduling appointments for hospitals and pharmacies.

Sign up for Montgomery County updates on vaccination availability with County clinics
https://montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/vaccine/

Pre-register for appointments for Montgomery County clinics if you are in certain priority groups
https://montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/vaccine/priority.html

But understand that your pre-registration with the County HHS clinic system is not necessarily relevant to getting an appointment at a hospital or a clinic. You still need to go through the state website and provider websites for those.

Look for clinics and view Maryland’s vaccination page:
https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/pages/vaccine

Sign up for Maryland vaccination updates by texting “MdReady” to 898-211

Hospital clinics should all be visible through the Maryland page; however I am including links to the hospital pages below as well.

Sincerely,
Hans

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