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Washington County Vaccination Update: January 29, 2021

Washington County Vaccination Update: January 29, 2021

VACCINATION UPDATE
 
Washington County announces the launch of a COVID-19 Vaccine Information Hotline. This hotline will not allow you to schedule an appointment or leave a voicemail. This is simply an informational hotline anyone can call to learn more about the vaccination process in Washington County.
 
COVID-19 Vaccine Information Hotline: 1-833-285-2804
 
A hotline to assist those age 65 and older who do not have access to the internet and need assistance registering to be placed on the vaccination call list will be released next week.
 
Priority groups 1A, 1B, and 1C are eligible to receive vaccines in Washington County. As of today, priority group 1C lists the following individuals eligible for vaccination:
 
  • All adults over the age of 65
  • Food and agricultural workers
  • U.S. Postal Service workers
  • Grocery/Convenience store workers
  • Public and private transit workers
  • Manufacturing workers
  • Veterinarians and their support staff
  • Members of clergy and others deemed essential support for houses of worship
  • Everyone in Priority Groups 1A and 1B
 
Additional groups have been added to 1C and will be eligible to receive vaccinations beginning Monday, February 1, 2021. A vaccination update will be sent on Monday indicating those added to this grouping.
 
Maryland Department of Health is requiring local health departments to prioritize older adults aged 65 and up for vaccination appointment slots, as they become available.
 
  • Thousands of people on the call list means it will take several weeks before you are contacted to schedule a vaccination appointment
  • Please be patient and refrain from contacting the Health Department and Meritus to receive a status update on where you are on the waitlist and when you will be able to schedule your appointment
  • You will receive a phone call to schedule an appointment. If you are in Phase 1A, 1B, or 1C priority groups and have completed an online form on either Meritus Health, MyChart, or the Health Department, you are on the call list.
 
We understand that being placed on a call list is not ideal, but please rest assured that you will be called when vaccine availability and capacity allows.
 
There is also a priority to administer the second dose of vaccination for first responders, health care workers, and other members of Priority Group 1A and 1B that received their first dose in January. For those who have received the first vaccination dose, a second dose must be administered for maximum effectiveness for the vaccine.
 
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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