March 3, 2021

COVID-19 Update: Johnson & Johnson Vaccines Coming This Week; County Prepares to Open Vaccinations to Those 65-74

Navigate the charts with the arrows in the Vaccine Distribution Dashboard.

The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new vaccine from Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and this week the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) expects to receive 1,600 doses of the vaccine. The County also received 5,100 doses of the Moderna vaccine. 

The FDA authorized the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for use in adults age 18 and older. The vaccine will require only one dose and will last for three months stored in temperatures averaging that of a home refrigerator, making storage and vaccinating large numbers of residents easier.  

While awaiting guidance from the State about the J&J vaccine, clinics operated by the Montgomery County Health Department will continue vaccinating residents 75 and older. The County will soon move to offering vaccinations to the next priority groups, which includes those ages 65-74.

In addition, those groups include:
  • Public transit workers (e.g. transport for seniors and persons with disabilities)
  • Education sector (teachers and support staff)
  • Child care workers
  • Food and agricultural workers
  • Postal service workers
  • Grocery store workers
  • Individuals with developmental disabilities
  • Individuals experiencing homelessness
  • Individuals in detainee centers
  • Manufacturing employees
People in soon to be eligible groups are encouraged to preregister for vaccinations.

The County will continue to vaccinate seniors 75 and older and those in Priority Group 1A (including frontline health care workers and first responders) who have not yet been vaccinated as it moves to other eligible groups.

As vaccine doses are available, residents who have preregistered will be contacted and offered an appointment for a vaccination.

The County is committed to ensuring that vaccinations are distributed in an equitable manner, making sure that all residents, including those in zip codes hardest hit by COVID-19 cases and deaths, have a chance to preregister and be vaccinated.

The County has sponsored COVID-19 vaccination clinics in communities significantly impacted by COVID-19 and will continue to partner with community groups and others to provide the opportunities.  Residents must have an appointment.  Locations of recent equity-focused vaccination sites include:
  • East County Community Recreation Center in Silver Spring
  • Chinese Culture and Community Service Center in Gaithersburg
The first COVID-19 cases in Montgomery County—and in Maryland—were diagnosed on March, 2020. Three cases were reported in the Montgomery County on that day. 

Since then more than 63,000 residents have contracted COVID-19 and almost 1,400 people have died. 

Over the past two months, progress is being made in fighting the virus. Maryland statistics through today, Thursday, March 4, show that more than 165,000 County residents have received their first vaccine dose, the most in the State (representing 15.8 percent of the County population). More than 82,000 County residents (7.9 percent of the County population) have received their second doses. The 14-day average of tests resulting in positive cases has been reduced to 3.1 percent, which is approaching the lowest levels since November.

More detailed data on vaccinations is available on the County vaccine dashboard.

To get vaccinated at a County-operated clinic, each individual must preregister for a vaccine. Check the County vaccine webpage for information.

Preregistration is not an appointment. It places a person in the queue by priority group. When vaccine doses arrive, the County’s health department contacts residents from the preregistration list and asks them to make an appointment. The invitation to make an appointment will come from Be sure to monitor email junk and/or spam folders, since the emails may end up there.

Those who have received a first dose from a County-sponsored clinic will receive an email approximately four to seven days before the second dose is due. The individual will be invited to make an appointment, with more than one option presented. Moderna recommends a second dose be given 28 days after the first dose. Per the Centers for Disease Control, there is no maximum interval between the first and second dose, but we want to provide second doses as close to the 28 days as possible.

In addition to the clinics operated by the County, hospitals, healthcare organizations and private pharmacies have COVID-19 vaccines available to the public. These clinics follow the State guidelines and not the rules issued by the County, so they may be vaccinating other priority groups, in addition to Groups 1A and 1B. Preregistration on the County’s vaccine page does not mean a person is registered with other locations.

 Hospitals and healthcare organizations that may have vaccines include:
Private pharmacies that may have vaccines include:
Maryland also has multiple mass vaccination sites, although there are none in Montgomery County.  Information and registration for those venues is available on Maryland’s GoVax website.

Telephone assistance for preregistering is available. Residents are encouraged to assist their neighbors, family members and friends to preregister if they need help. 
  • Those 75 and older without Internet access can call the Preregistration Helpline at 240-777-2982. The helpline is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and bilingual staff members (English/Spanish) are available. Call takers can also access a translation line to help callers with many other languages.
  • The line is for preregistration only.
  • General questions about vaccinations and COVID-19 can be addressed to 240-777-1755 seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.