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Daily new cases and hospitalizations for COVID-19 continued a downward trend in Montgomery County as more than 650,000 County residents (61.9 percent of the overall population) have received at least one dose of vaccine according to State statistics released this morning, Thursday, May 27. More than 539,000 (51.3 percent) are fully vaccinated.
The County’s test positivity rate has remained at 1.1 percent for the past seven days. Over the last several weeks, the weekly percentage of emergency department visits for COVID-like illness has been similar to pre-health crisis levels at this time of the year. See the County’s COVID-19 information dashboard for details.
The age group in the County with the lowest number of vaccinated individuals is residents between 16- and 35-years of age—and the County hopes to increase those numbers. Those in this group can make vaccine appointments through County health department-sponsored clinics and through retail pharmacies throughout the community. The County has one of the highest rates of vaccination in Maryland.
With an increasing number of vaccinated residents, fewer appointments are being offered at the State’s mass vaccination site on the campus of Montgomery College in Germantown. However, more clinics are being offered near where people live, shop and go to school. See clinic details and appointment links for more details.
Young people ages 12 to 17 need consent from a parent or guardian to receive the vaccine. Consent is given as part of the online appointment scheduling process, so young residents with an appointment do not need to have a parent or guardian with them. Young residents who walk up without an appointment must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to provide consent. All youth must bring proof of age to the vaccination site.
Residents of all ages who want to get a vaccine also use the State website to find pharmacies offering the vaccine and make appointments.
Teens can tell friends why they should get vaccinated through the Take Your Shot video PSA contest. The contest offers entrants from Montgomery County Public Schools five SSL hours. All entrants become eligible for valuable prizes. So far, about 21,400 of the estimated 40,000 eligible 12- to 15-year-olds in the County have received at least one vaccine.