COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE

Vaccine Supply & Administration

 

Currently, the vaccination capacity at our County Health Department’s four clinics is 1,900 people per day. However, the number of vaccinations provided is dependent on the supply we receive from the State. The winter weather this week has impacted our vaccine administration efforts, causing a delay in the shipment of first doses and forcing the cancellation of appointments at our clinics on Thursday, February 18 and Friday, February 19.

  • On February 15, the County Health Department received 3,900 second doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

  • To date, the County has received 35,150 doses of vaccines, and has administered 27,341 of those doses (approximately 77.8%). This metric (percentage of vaccine administered) changes day to day as new vaccine shipments come in.

  • Out of the vaccines we have not administered, only 573 are first doses, and 250 of those doses are allocated to a vaccination partner.

  • The rest are set aside for second dose appointments.

  • Between now and February 26, we have a total of 10,348 appointments scheduled.

 

County Pre-Registration List

 

In order to receive a COVID-19 vaccine through the Prince George’s County Health Department, individuals who live or work in the County must fill out our pre-registration form.

  • Over 131,000 pre-registrations have been received as of February 14 (nearly 118,000 are County residents).

  • 63% of County residents who have pre-registered are eligible in Phase 1.

The numbers from this list will continue to fluctuate as more Prince Georgians pre-register for vaccinations, and as others receive appointments at our clinics and are removed from the list.

  • There are an estimated 270,000 people eligible in all of Phase 1 of the County’s phased distribution plan,

  • As additional residents pre-register, we will continue to prioritize scheduling appointments for those who are currently eligible under Phase 1A and 1B, and then we will move to Phase 1C.

As a reminder, the County Health Department is only scheduling appointments for individuals on the pre-registration list. Please note, pre-registering with the County Health Department puts you on the waiting list for an appointment at our Health Department’s clinics. The clinics operated by the State, local hospitals, or pharmacies in the County have separate registration processes.

Know the Facts About COVID-19 Vaccines

COVID-19 Vaccine Discussion with Dr. Fauci

 

On Monday, February 8, 2021, County Executive Alsobrooks hosted a COVID-19 vaccine discussion with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease scientist and Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to dispel rumors and misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines. Dr. Fauci was joined by County Health Officer Dr. Ernest Carter, and Prince George’s Forward Task Force Health Recovery Subcommittee Chair Dr. Joseph Wright. To listen to the full conversation with Dr. Fauci, click here

Vaccination Locations

 

While the County Health Department currently operates four vaccination clinics in the County, there are a number of vaccination sites available in Prince George’s County that are not operated by the County. Each site not operated by the County has its own vaccine appointment scheduling process to distribute vaccines received directly from the State. While this is not ideal, we encourage you to sign up at these other sites to increase your options to receive a COVID-19 vaccine appointment.

Please remember that we do not manage nor control appointments, or distribution for any sites besides those operated by our County Health Department.

Prince George’s County Health Department

  • Locations: Health Department’s Cheverly Health Center, Wayne K. Curry Sports & Learning Complex, Southern Regional Technology & Recreation Complex

  • Appointments: Individuals who live or work in Prince George’s County should fill out the pre-registration form to be added to the waiting list. Individuals who cannot fill out the pre-registration form online should call 311 and press # for assistance.

Six Flags America Theme Park (Not County-Operated)

  • Appointments: Sign up for appointment updates at mass vaccinations sites by texting MDREADY to 898-211. Visit covidvax.maryland.gov for more information.

  • Older adults in Phase 1 can call the Maryland Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccination Support Center at 1-855-MDGOVAX (1-855-634-6829) to schedule vaccine appointments at mass vaccination sites. The call center is open seven days a week from 7 AM to 10 PM. The Vaccination Support Center is specifically designed to assist older adults and residents without Internet access.

Safeway Pharmacies (Not County-Operated)

  • Locations: There are several Safeway pharmacies offering COVID-19 vaccinations in the County.

  • Appointments: Eligible individuals can learn more and view available appointments online here.

Giant Food Pharmacies (Not County-Operated)

  • Locations: There are several Giant Food pharmacies offering COVID-19 vaccinations in the County.

  • Appointments: Eligible individuals can learn more and view available appointments online here.

CVS Pharmacies (Not County-Operated)

  • Locations: There are several CVS pharmacies offering COVID-19 vaccinations across the State, with one being located in the County in Bowie.

  • Appointments: Eligible individuals can learn more and view available appointments online here.

Hospital Clinics (Not County-Operated)

  • Locations: Major hospital systems in the County are each running their own vaccination clinics.

  • Appointments: You can use covidvax.maryland.gov to locate hospital clinics offering vaccinations and learn how to register for appointments.

 

Vaccination Partnerships

 

We have established the following partnerships with the State and other organizations to assist in the mass vaccination of Prince Georgians.

  • Luminis: Assisting with vaccinating staff at dialysis centers, and working with the Department of Family Services to provide vaccinations at senior living complexes.

  • University of Maryland Capital Region Health: Assisting with vaccinating healthcare providers in the County.

  • University of Maryland Medical System: Working to potentially open a vaccination site in College Park.

  • MedStar: Accepted seniors 75+ from County Health Department’s pre-registration list to fill appointment slots.

  • Giant Food: Working with the Department of Family Services to provide vaccinations at senior living complexes.

  • Safeway: The grocery store chain is offering their store locations for equitable distribution in the County.

  • Kaiser Permanente: Assisting with vaccinating PGCPS employees.

  • Maryland Department of Health (Six Flags): Some vaccination appointments will be set aside each week for eligible County residents from the County Health Department’s pre-registration list (residents can also still book appointments through the State site, as those appointments become available).

 

Progress Toward Vaccination Goals

 

Over 67,000 vaccines have been provided to 50,607 County residents, with 16,475 residents having received their second vaccination. There are an estimated 728,050 residents ages 16 and older, the minimum age for vaccination. Our goal is to have 473,232 residents vaccinated by this summer, or 65% of this population and 80% by this fall. We are at 10.7% of our summer goal. We anticipate revising our goal as new vaccines become available that include younger populations. You can stay updated on the County’s vaccination progress through our data dashboard.

Stay Updated

Stay updated with the latest information about the COVID-19 vaccine using the following tools:

  • The COVID-19 Data Dashboard: Stay informed of the progress the County is making with vaccine distribution.

  • Frequently Asked Questions: Get answers to your questions about COVID-19 vaccines.

  • Latest Updates: The latest updates will be posted at mypgc.us/COVIDVaccine.

  • Communications Toolkit: Help us spread the word about COVID-19 vaccines to family and friends so we can ensure every Prince Georgian is Proud to be Protected.

  • Medical Reserve Corps: Volunteer and support your community in the fight against COVID-19. Accepting medical and non-medical volunteers. Thanks to those who have already signed up.

  • Maryland Departments of Health and Aging Collaborate on Vaccine Outreach for Vulnerable Populations

 

Soft launch of COVID-19 Vaccination Support Center results in over 2,000 new appointments for seniors, eligible Marylanders

 

Baltimore, MD – The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and the Maryland Department of Aging (MDOA) are working together to promote access to vaccines through a telephone-based support line and appointment system that is designed to assist those without internet access. On Monday, the departments began contacting seniors directly to invite them to use the new COVID-19 Vaccination Support Center at 1-855-MDGOVAX (1-855-634-6829).

 

“Maryland’s new Vaccination Support Center is an important part of our efforts to promote equity in vaccination for the state’s most vulnerable residents,” said Acting MDH Secretary Dennis R. Schrader. “By providing telephone access and the assistance of live advocates, we are making the vaccine registration process simple and easy.”

 

How the support center works. The COVID-19 Vaccination Support Center will be open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Marylanders can call the center to get information on COVID-19 vaccines and identify providers closest to their homes. The center is specifically designed to assist residents without internet access.

 

The center can also help callers schedule vaccination appointments at the state’s mass vaccination sites, including Six Flags America in Prince George’s County, which has been in operation since February 5. The site currently serves up to 2,000 Marylanders a day and will increase its capacity as more vaccines become available from the federal government. 

 

Successful soft launch. On Monday, the call center soft launched with nearly 6,000 inbound and outbound calls targeting segmented groups of seniors drawn from lists provided by the Maryland Department of Aging, including participants in the Senior Call Check program. The call center has now booked more than 2,000 appointments for the Six Flags mass vaccination site. The 619 outbound calls yielded a connection rate of 37%. 

 

“Ensuring that our most vulnerable populations receive vaccines is our top priority, and new resources such as the Vaccine Support Center are creating more accessibility,” said MDOA Secretary Rona Kramer. “I am thrilled to offer this new option for our aging populations.”

 

The Vaccination Support Center is available to all Marylanders who are eligible for a vaccine, including anyone who will benefit from a telephone-based system. All Marylanders age 65 and over are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines in Phase 1C of Maryland’s vaccination plan, and the state has asked vaccine providers to prioritize Marylanders 65 and over.

 

Visit covidlink.maryland.gov for more information on Maryland’s response to COVID-19. Vaccine and other coronavirus data are available at coronavirus.maryland.gov.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Phase 1C

The County has entered Phase 1C for pre-registration. At this time, we are asking all County residents and those who work in the County, who are in 1C, to make sure you have filled out a pre-registration form. The County Health Department is vaccinating people in Phases 1A and 1B. Those in 1C who have pre-registered will receive appointments as they become available, which we anticipate could take several weeks or longer. Those who have signed up for appointments who do not live or work in the County will not receive a vaccination at our County sites, and their appointments are being canceled. You must provide proof of residency or proof of employment at the time of appointment.

The following individuals are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Phase 1C: 

  • Adults ages 65-74 years of age 

  • Health and human services not covered in Phase 1A 

  • Public safety not covered in Phase 1A

  • Essential workers at high risk of exposure (in alphabetical order)

  • Food and agriculture workers (farms and processing centers) 

  • Grocery store workers

  • Public transit workers (including transport for seniors and persons with disabilities)

  • Postal service workers 

Individuals who are eligible to receive vaccinations in Phases 1A and 1B and have not filled out the pre-registration form should do so as soon as possible. 

Anyone who lives or works in Prince George’s County who does not fall into Phases 1A, 1B or 1C should still fill out the pre-registration form. Based on your responses, you will be notified of eligibility when the County moves into future phases of vaccine distribution. As additional appointments become available, you will receive a link with instructions on how to schedule your vaccine appointment.

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