May 13, 2021

COVID-19 Update: More Relief from the Pandemic as the Vaccine Age Limit Expands

Good news! The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is now available to anyone age 12 and older. Pfizer is the only vaccine that has been given emergency use authorization for young people age 12 and up.

If you preregistered on the County website, we will invite you to schedule an appointment. We will contact people on the preregistration list, including 12- to 15-year-olds, within the next week. Registrants who are 12 to 17 years old must have permission from a parent or guardian to receive a dose of the vaccine and provide proof of their age when they arrive at a vaccination clinic. The County is now vaccinating this age group at County sites as of today, May 13.

A new streamlined webpage makes it easier to schedule your own appointments at County-operated clinics. We continue to add clinic locations, dates, and times.

You can also get vaccinated at area pharmacies, including CVS, Giant, Harris Teeter, Safeway, Walgreens, and Walmart. Use the State website to find pharmacy locations near you and make appointments. Appointments are currently available.

As of Tuesday, May 12, Montgomery County reports 595,105 Montgomery County residents (56.5 percent) received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 462,236 residents (44 percent) are fully vaccinated.

This is good news, and we are moving closer to reopening. Capacity limits, as well as when different types of businesses and services can resume, are tied to the percentage of residents who are fully vaccinated. More information is available on the reopening page.

Although the County’s numbers are encouraging and we are making great progress, COVID-19 is still circulating in the community. We need more residents to get vaccinated and tested. See the Montgomery County COVID-19 Data Dashboard for key indicators and more details.