2021 | Coronavirus

Preregistration open for Montgomery County’s mass vaccination site

Site will open on Wednesday, ramp up for mass vaccination on April 5

Pictured are Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses from the initial 100 delivered to Montgomery County officials on Dec. 23.

Photo from Montgomery County

Maryland has opened preregistration for Montgomery County’s mass vaccination site that will open in Germantown.

The site at Montgomery College’s Germantown campus will open on Wednesday as a county-run clinic at a smaller scale of 1,500 doses a day.

On April 5, the site will ramp up operations to be a mass vaccination site under a partnership with the state, the county, Holy Cross Hospital and the college.

By April 15, the site is expected to be able to administer 3,000 doses a day, or about 21,000 doses each week.

Maryland and the county are currently inoculating eligible residents and workers in Phases 1, 2A, and 2B, which include health care workers, first responders, residents age 60 and older, and residents age 16 and older with underlying medical conditions or disabilities.

Preregistration places an eligible individual’s information into the state’s system and does not guarantee an immediate appointment. When a vaccine dose is available for preregistered individual’s group, an invitation to sign up for an appointment will be sent.

Eligible residents and workers can preregister at COVIDvax.maryland.gov or call 1-855-634-6829.

The state’s other mass vaccination sites are at:
● Six Flags America in Prince George’s County
● Baltimore Convention Center
● M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore
● Regency Furniture Stadium in Charles County
● Wicomico Youth & Civic Center in Salisbury
● Hagerstown Premium Outlets

The additional sites that are planned are:
● Montgomery College’s campus in Germantown (to open as a county site on Wednesday, then a state mass vaccination site on April 5)
● Timonium Fairgrounds in Baltimore County by April 5
● Anne Arundel County by April 12
● Frederick County by April 12
● Howard County by the end of April
● Harford County by the end of April

The locations for most of the new sites have not been announced yet.

Vaccination phases

Currently open for appointments:
● Phase 1A: health care providers, nursing home residents and staff, first responders, correctional health care staff and officers, and frontline judiciary staff
● Phase 1B: residents age 75 and older, residents and employees of assisted living facilities and group homes, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, high-risk incarcerated adults, government officials, K-12 teachers and child care providers
● Phase 1C: residents age 65 and older; public health and safety workers; essential workers in grocery stores , lab services, manufacturing, U.S. Postal Service, public transit, and food and agriculture production
● Phase 2A: residents age 60 and older
● Phase 2B: residents with underlying medical conditions that increase the risk of severe COVID-19 illness

Not open for appointments yet:
● Phase 2C (open on April 13): residents age 55 and older and essential workers in critical industries, including construction, food services, utilities, transportation, financial services, IT and other infrastructure
● Phase 3 (open on April 27): residents age 16 and older

Briana Adhikusuma can be reached at briana.adhikusuma@bethesdamagazine.com.