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Washington County Vaccination Update

Washington County Vaccination Update

 
 
VACCINATION UPDATE
 
***Timelines are subject to change depending on multiple factors, including vaccine availability***
 
COUNTY STATUS
We are currently in Phase 1A, which includes healthcare workers, first responders, and nursing home residents and staff. The nursing home populations are being vaccinated by CVS and Walgreens through a federal pharmacy program. First responders and other health care providers have been vaccinated or are in the process of scheduling their appointments. First responders include career and volunteer fire and rescue crews, law enforcement and corrections officers, and frontline judicial workers. 
 
All health care facilities interested in having their licensed staff and volunteers vaccinated, will need to fill out this form in order to be contacted to begin scheduling their appointments. 
 
All licensed social workers in Maryland are included in Phase 1A and can contact Elaine Rose at Elaine.rose@maryland.gov to provide their contact information to be scheduled and receive the vaccine. 
 
VACCINE ALLOCATIONS
Both hospitals and health departments across the state are receiving allocations of the vaccine. In other counties, hospitals are distributing vaccines to their staff whereas health departments are holding clinics to vaccinate health care providers not associated with a hospital and first responders.
 
Here in Washington County, the Health Department is collaborating with our hospital, Meritus Health, to distribute vaccinations to the priority groups in phase 1A. Meritus decided to use their allocations of the Pfizer vaccine first before using the health department’s allocations of the Moderna vaccine which is why the Governor’s chart shows the Washington County Health Department has distributed 0% of allocated vaccines and Meritus Health has used 50.5% of their vaccine allocations.
 
Per a report received on Monday, January 11, 2021, 4,033 people in phase 1A have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Meritus has distributed 1,793 doses to their staff and employees and 2,240 doses to health care providers, front line judiciary staff, and first responders. Last week Meritus started using the Moderna vaccine that has been allocated to the health department to continue vaccinating those in phase 1A. As of January 12, 2021, Meritus has used 750 Moderna vaccines from the health department’s vaccine allotment. These numbers have been reported to the state but have not yet been reflected on recent charts posted by the Governor.
 
PRIORITY GROUPS AND PHASES
In a press conference on January 5th, Governor Larry Hogan announced further details regarding priority groups and estimated timelines to move into phases 1B and 1C. 
 
Phase 1B: Estimated Time Late January
The vaccination of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and congregate living facilities are being coordinated by pharmacies through a federal contract. However, in an effort to assist in vaccinating these vulnerable populations sooner, the Washington County Health Department will be moving forward with vaccinating certain local congregate living facilities beginning later this month. More information on these clinics and how staff and residents can schedule their appointments will be released in the near future.
 
Once the County has been approved by the governor to move into Phase 1B, the health department will be providing vaccination clinics to Washington County Public School employees and government employees. Meritus will be providing vaccinations clinics to those 75 and older and anyone in the priority groups for Phase 1A, who have not been vaccinated.
 
As the health department receives more allocations of the vaccine, clinics will be expanded to the other groups identified in phase 1B such as daycare providers, high-risk inmates, and developmentally disabled populations.
 
Once we have moved into Phase 1B and can start scheduling those priority groups, more information on registering to be vaccinated will be announced on the county’s website and social media.
 
Vaccine Directive: 
  • Rolling Distribution: we will not wait to get to all members of a priority group before moving on to those next inline 
  • Member of previous groups can still get vaccinated in later phases 
 
Regular updates will be posted on the Washington County Government website at https://www.washco-md.net/coronavirus-info/vaccine/ and social media platforms. 
 
The public can also stay updated from the state by signing up for 211 alerts by texting “MdReady” to 898-211 
 
For additional information, please contact the Public Relations and Marketing Department at 240-313-2380 or pr@washco-md.net.
 
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