Hogan visits Montgomery County mass coronavirus vaccination site


Governor Larry Hogan speaks at a press conference after visiting the Montgomery County COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Site at Montgomery College in Germantown.

Photo by Briana Adhikusuma

Governor Larry Hogan visited the Montgomery County COVID-19 mass vaccination site at Montgomery College in Germantown on Wednesday, a day before it officially opened for mass vaccination on Thursday.

The site is one of 13 mass vaccination sites the state has opened or will be opening, and is the county’s only mass vaccination site. The site is operated under a joint partnership between the state, county, college and Holy Cross Health.

Hogan visited the site, but members of the media were not allowed to enter the clinic while he was there.

In a press conference following the visit, Hogan said the site adds to the total of around 3,000 vaccine distribution points in the state, including health departments, pharmacies, providers. doctors in hospitals and community clinics.

County manager Marc Elrich said at the press conference that there are differences of opinion between the county and the state on some things, but there are other things on which the state and the county are united, like the vaccination of people.

Hogan echoed Elrich. “We’re not going to agree on everything,” he said.

Elrich said the county had waited a “long time” for a site.

“We know that the biggest strain on the state and, ultimately, on counties and local jurisdictions has been the provision of vaccines. … This is going to be a big step forward for Montgomery County, ”he said. “We have the capacity, and I know the state has the capacity, to immunize more people. We are in a race to get ahead of the virus. We are in a race to get people vaccinated faster than the virus can spread. “

Hogan said setting up a walk-in vaccine line at the site is dependent on dose shipments from the federal government. He also said that the length of time the site will remain open also depends on the number of doses received and how quickly they can be administered.

About 78% of all residents of Maryland over the age of 65 have been vaccinated, while 46% of residents aged 18 and over have received a vaccine.

People can pre-register for an appointment at the Germantown site across the county and state.

US Representative David Trone and some members of the county council were also present on Wednesday.

In an interview, Trone said the site was set up efficiently and there were a lot of “happy people”.

“Everyone was thrilled to have received the vaccine and to have something here in Montgomery County in Germantown is a big win. … The real challenge from now on is 60 days, when we have to go out and find those who have not been vaccinated who are in urban areas, rural areas or who are reluctant to get vaccinated, ”he said. he declares. “The only way we’re going to reach 85%, 95% is to go out into the community and meet people where they are.”

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