Montgomery County this week passed a couple of significant milestones in its battle against COVID-19 as now more than half of the County’s population has received at least one vaccine and more than one-third of all residents have been fully vaccinated.
State statistics as of this morning, Thursday, April 29, show that more than 548,700 County residents have received at least one vaccine (52.2 percent of all County residents) and 374,200 residents (35.6 percent) are fully vaccinated.
Although the County’s numbers are encouraging, COVID-19 is still circulating in the community and the County needs more residents to get vaccinated and to get tested. See the County COVID-19 Data Dashboard for key indicators and more details.
Now that the CDC and FDA have ended the pause on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, the County will resume administering doses of that vaccine at some County-operated clinics. The County currently has a limited supply of the J & J vaccine and is awaiting notification from the State about when more doses may arrive.
Most people are now aware that there is a very small risk associated with this vaccine. If anyone has received the J & J vaccine and has experienced any of these symptoms, contact your healthcare provider immediately.
Residents who received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine should have received a small white vaccination record card at the vaccination site. The cards are issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and serve as a personal immunization record.
Bring the card to your second appointment so it can be updated. Keep the card in a safe place and make a copy of the original. If you are traveling or returning to work or school, consider bringing your vaccination record card (or a copy of it) in case you are asked for proof of vaccination.
All Marylanders 16 and older can preregister for one of the County-operated COVID-19 vaccination clinics at govaxmoco.com.
County residents can also preregister for one of the State’s mass vaccination sites at covidvax.maryland.gov. In addition, many of the State-run clinics are now accepting walk-ups. Check the State website for details.
If you received your first dose at a County-operated clinic, but have not received an email three days before your second dose due date, email email@example.com or call the COVID-19 call center at 240-777-1755 for assistance in scheduling a second dose appointment. The County maintains a supply of second dose vaccine for residents who received first doses from the County.
Anyone who is frequently out in the community should continue getting a test at least once a month. No-cost home-based testing is available.
The CDC recommends people who have already had COVID-19 still get vaccinated.