About one-quarter of eligible 12- to 15-year-olds in Montgomery County have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
As of Monday morning, about 9,000 of the eligible 40,000 children in the group had received a shot, according to Dr. Raymond Crowel, director of the county Department of Health and Human Services. The federal government gave approval late last week for the Pfizer shot to be administered to children age 12 to 15.
The age group represents about 3% to 4% of the county’s total population, according to county health officials.
The roughly 9,000 children vaccinated between Thursday and Sunday represented about 60% of the 15,000 total people vaccinated during that time frame, Crowel said.
“I am proud of our youngsters for coming to get vaccinated and proud of the team that’s responded to this need,” he said. “I expect we will continue to close the gap and get us to 60% (of the county population vaccinated) in no small measure due to those 12- to 15-year-olds who are on the ball.”
Crowel also said on Monday that the county will hold a vaccination clinic for students from 1 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Argyle Middle School in Silver Spring.
When the county was preparing for the rollout of the vaccine to younger people, it committed to providing evening and weekend clinics to accommodate parents’ and guardians’ work schedules.
Children ages 12 to 17 need consent from a parent or guardian to receive the vaccine.
The clinic will be open to children from the “surrounding communities,” Crowel said, because the Department of Health “does not have the capacity” to set up clinics in every school.
Crowel said there will also be a clinic at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, but additional information was not provided.
Children age 12 to 15 can be preregistered for the Pfizer vaccine on the county’s website.
Children can also receive doses at any sites in the county that offer the Pfizer vaccine. Montgomery County has received Pfizer vaccine doses from the state, almost exclusively, in its past few shipments, Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles said last week.