After delays within the cargo of COVID-19 vaccine doses to Montgomery County, Maryland, as a result of winter climate issues, vaccination appointments have been on the verge of being postponed till a brand new provide got here in Monday afternoon.
After delays within the cargo of COVID-19 vaccine doses to Montgomery County, Maryland, as a result of winter climate issues, vaccination appointments have been on the verge of being postponed till a brand new provide got here in Monday afternoon.
The Maryland Health Department allotted the county 10,000 doses for final week — 4,500 first doses and 5,500 second doses — and 4,500 first doses for this week from the delayed cargo, a spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services informed WTOP.
County officers had mentioned Monday morning in a web-based briefing that COVID-19 vaccination appointments scheduled final week could possibly be rescheduled beginning Wednesday if the delayed vaccine shipments weren’t delivered quickly.
The county noticed a lower by about 5,000 vaccinations for residents first dose final week after the winter climate delayed vaccine shipments. The winter climate has been delaying vaccine shipments throughout the D.C. space.
Dr. Raymond Crowel, Montgomery County’s well being and human companies director, mentioned that folks ought to drive safely to their Monday or Tuesday appointments, and that in the event that they have been late, vaccination employees would wait.
If you don’t really feel you will get to your appointment safely, he mentioned, name 240-777-1755 to reschedule.
‘Chaotic’ system
County officers reiterated their name for Maryland to create a statewide vaccination web site, in addition to a regional vaccination web site, that they mentioned would assist residents get vaccinated faster.
About 127,000 Montgomery residents have obtained their first COVID-19 vaccine shot, and about 50,000 persons are totally vaccinated, in keeping with Crowel.
County Council President Tom Hucker mentioned that residents are “very annoyed and indignant” on the “chaotic” system, including, “We could possibly be vaccinating 10 instances as many residents” if the Maryland Department of Health was not “siphoning off” doses for personal suppliers and mass vaccination websites.
Crowel mentioned a regional vaccination web site would permit officers to focus on doses to specific communities who can’t journey to the state websites — there’s presently one at Six Flags in Prince George’s County, and two in Baltimore.
The county is presently working with companions, akin to Connect-A-Ride, for taxi companies to assist residents with out entry to transportation to get to mass vaccination websites.
County Council Vice President Gabe Albornoz mentioned, “It doesn’t make any walking-around sense” that the biggest county in Maryland doesn’t have a mass vaccination web site.
Crowel mentioned that the county is allocating doses to communities which have been hit the toughest, which he mentioned is usually Black and brown communities. The county is assigning doses primarily based on ZIP codes and census monitoring; he mentioned it’s “not primarily based on inhabitants, however on influence.”
Albornoz warned residents to be cautious of fraudulent vaccination web sites. He mentioned any program requesting funds or Social Security data is a crimson flag. Residents can contact 311 with any questions or considerations.
Crowel inspired residents to proceed to get examined, as testing numbers have dropped from 50,000 per week to about 35,000 to 40,000 per week after the vacation season.
Crowel and Albornoz mentioned {that a} central registration web site would lower down on the sharing of hyperlinks for making appointments, which generally go to individuals who aren’t purported to be getting vaccinated but.
Crowel mentioned, as of Saturday night time, hyperlinks have been nonetheless being shared, and it could take “a whole lot of work to undo that injury.”
Albornoz added, “People are exhibiting as much as these locations with an appointment,” posing a problem to employees to show folks away, and creating “an appointment that has simply been wasted.”
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