FREDERICK, Md. – Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner and Public Health Officer Dr. Barbara Brookmyer assured the public today that the plan to vaccinate residents against COVID-19 has begun implementation. By the end of next week, all 3,800 doses allocated to Frederick County Health Department will have been distributed to people identified as Group 1A in the Maryland vaccination plan.
“The goal is to vaccinate everyone as fast as possible,” Executive Gardner said. “This is the last big fight of this pandemic. We know it will take many months to vaccinate our community, so we must continue to stay strong and hold the line.”
All nursing home residents and staff in Frederick County and all health care staff at Frederick Health Hospital who chose to be vaccinated against the virus have already received their first dose of the vaccine. First responders and other health care providers have been vaccinated or are in the process of scheduling their appointments. First responders include career and volunteer fire and rescue crews, law enforcement and corrections officers, and frontline judicial workers.
As additional doses are allocated to Frederick County, more clinics will be scheduled. Updates from the county’s COVID-19 Joint Information Center (JIC) will alert the public when they can register for a vaccine. To sign up for the JIC alerts, text “FredCoVID19” to 888777. Updates are also posted to the Health Department’s website at health.frederickcountymd.gov/coronavirus.