All Maryland residents 16-and-over will be eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination at all State-operated, County-operated and privately operated vaccine clinics in the State starting Monday, April 12, by order of Governor Larry Hogan. Covered by the order is the new State-supported mass vaccination center at the Germantown campus of Montgomery County, which officially opened today, Thursday, April 8. Eligibility does not equal an immediate appointment.
Preregistration and appointments are required for all vaccination centers in the County. Preregistration for a County-operated center at https://montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/vaccine/#preregister. Preregister for a State vaccination center at https://onestop.md.gov/preregistration or by calling 1-855-MDGOVAX (1-855-634-6829).
Residents are encouraged to preregister with the State and with the County—and advised to take the first vaccination appointment they are offered at any clinic.
Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich joined Governor Hogan and members of the County Council for a tour of the new Germantown site on Wednesday, April 7. As a State-supported site, the Germantown center will be available to all Marylanders.
Free Ride-On bus shuttle service is operating from the Shady Grove Metro station to the vaccination site at Montgomery College in Germantown. The service was established by the direction of County Executive Elrich. Buses will run every 15 minutes from 8:30 a.m. until 30 minutes after the last vaccination (approximately 5 p.m.). Pick up the shuttle on the east side of the Shady Grove Metro. Buses will be marked “Vaccination Shuttle.”
The Germantown site replaces the County-operated site that had been at Quince Orchard High School, which was closed as students returned to classrooms around the County. Residents who received a first dose of a vaccine at Quince Orchard, but did not yet receive a second vaccine, will get that second dose at Montgomery College.
As of Thursday morning, April 8, more than 398,600 Montgomery County residents (38 percent) have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. There are more than 226,100 fully vaccinated County residents (21.5 percent).
While the number of people being vaccinated is increasing daily, the average number of County residents with confirmed positive COVID-19 cases has also increased since 2021 low points in mid-March. COVID hospital bed-use rates are beginning to rise as well. See details on the County COVID-19 Data Dashboard.
Residents who have received at least their first vaccination can help others by canceling their preregistration for a County-run clinic. Completing the form will remove a person from the preregistration list.
As more residents are vaccinated, others have become more lenient about getting tested for the virus. However, it is still important to get tested because that helps health officials track the spread of COVID-19 in the community. There are free testing clinics every week throughout the County. Find a complete schedule of upcoming clinics at www.MoCOCOVIDTesting.org.