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Washington County Vaccination Update

Washington County Vaccination Update

 
 
VACCINATION UPDATE
 
COUNTY STATUS
We are currently in the 1A phase, 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 [email protected] to provide their contact information to be scheduled and receive the vaccine. 
 
VACCINE ALLOCATIONS
Hospitals and health departments in Maryland are both receiving allocations of vaccine from the State of Maryland. In Washington County, we are partnering with Meritus to administer vaccinations in accordance with Governor Hogan’s established prioritization plan. Under our partnership with Meritus, the Health Department coordinates with eligible priority populations and supplies this information to Meritus for scheduling and vaccination. The Health Department is required to adhere to the governor’s prioritization list and must have approval from the State to move on to different phases/populations. 
 
The Health Department has, to date, received a total of 2,400 doses of the Moderna vaccine and these doses began to be administered today through the Meritus clinic. Meritus has received Pfizer doses in their allocations and has been using these first before moving on to our Moderna doses. This is why the Health Department’s allocation used has been “0%” until today. As of yesterday, Meritus has administered 2,315 doses of the Pfizer vaccine.
 
Washington County Emergency Operations Center, the Washington County Health Department, and Washington County Government are aware of the messaging Meritus Health has released stating they are moving forward with vaccinating those who are 65 and older. For more information, call Meritus at 301-790-8490. The County will continue to move forward with the plan laid out by the Governor. We remain in Phase 1A and hope to transition to Phase 1B in the coming weeks. Locations of where vaccinations will take place for the listed populations will also be forthcoming in the next few weeks.
 
All updates regarding the COVID-19 vaccine in Washington County can be viewed at https://www.washco-md.net/coronavirus-info/vaccine/.
 
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 1A (Currently ongoing): 
  • Residents and staff of long term care facilities, nursing homes and assisted living  
  • Front line hospital staff and healthcare workers 
  • All licensed, registered and certified healthcare providers 
  • First responders 
  • EMS 
  • Firefighters 
  • Law enforcement 
  • Correctional health care staff and officers 
  • Front line judiciary staff 
 
Phase 1B (Late January): 
  • All Marylanders age 75 and older  
  • Assisted living, other congregate settings 
  • Special needs group homes 
  • High-risk inmates 
  • Developmentally disabled populations 
  • Continuity of government  
  • Teachers and educational staff 
  • Child care staff 
  • Anyone who qualifies in 1A who has not been vaccinated  
 
Phase 1C (Early March): 
  • All Marylanders ages 65-74 
  • Workers in other critical sectors: 
  • Lab services 
  • Grocery stores employees 
  • Public transit 
  • Agriculture production 
  • Manufacturing 
  • Postal service 
  • Anyone who qualifies in 1B who has not been vaccinated  
               
Phase 2:  
  • Marylanders ages 16-64 who are at increased risk of severe COVID-19 illness due to comorbidities 
  • Incarcerated adults 
  • Essential workers in critical: 
  • Utilities 
  • Logistics 
  • Infrastructure 
  • Transportation 
  • Food services 
 
Phase 3:  
  • General population including healthy adults age 16-64 
 
***Timelines are subject to change depending on multiple factors, including vaccine availability. 
 
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 
 
WASHINGTON COUNTY VACCINE SURVEY
We want to thank everyone who took the time to answer the questions and provide us with feedback. We received over 3,700 responses to the survey. The results of this survey have assisted the health department and our partners not only in planning for the distribution of the vaccine but also our communications to the public on key topics they are most concerned about or interested in learning more about. 
 
Survey results can be viewed here
 
For additional information, please contact the Public Relations and Marketing Department at 240-313-2380 or [email protected].
 
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