Doing the math on vaccination doses
March 22, 2021
The pandemic’s peak is in our rear view mirror, but like a beast in a horror movie it is also chasing us. We have to keep our foot on the gas. That means continuing to mask and social distance while getting vaccinated.
If you are wondering when you’ll likely get a dose — or how far we are from having a high share of the County vaccinated — you might find the following information helpful.
Here’s the bottom line: By summer we could finally be ready to roll credits on this terrible movie. This is how the math works.
And again, that is assuming that supply doesn’t increase from its current pace. But it will increase, so we should actually hit those numbers faster.
My concern at this point is that by the end of April, the number of County residents who can travel long distances to mass vax sites or pharmacies in other parts of the state will taper off.
Presently, according to data I reviewed from the State, well over half of Montgomery County residents who are getting vaccinated each week are getting their appointments outside of the County, or even out of State.
To sustain these numbers we need more doses available locally. There are a lot of folks who can’t take off a half day or make a roundtrip to Waldorf but could more easily make an appointment at a local pharmacy or a county clinic. For those who don’t drive, hospitals are well known and have transit service already.
We need more supply to our pharmacies and hospitals and County safety net clinics.
And we will need community partnerships to reach those who have accessibility challenges — even more so for second doses. A lot of residents for any number of reasons are going to have challenges getting to an appointment — we can bring mobile clinics to them and we need to be ready to go.
We need smooth planning. This past week, unfortunately, was more chaotic, with the County Executive announcing a statewide clinic agreement that the Governor has not actually signed off on. I hope we’ll get that worked out soon.
Clearly the Governor needs Montgomery County residents to get vaccinated or the state will come up short on getting shots into arms. Maryland’s future success will depend on local availability of doses.
Let’s get this done!
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