We are making progress and flattened the curve this past week. Today, our average positivity rate is 3.8% and our new case rate is 13.29 per 100,000. 54% of Howard County residents are vaccinated, 90% of residents 65+ have received at least one dose, and 81% of residents 65+ are fully vaccinated. We are still not out of the woods yet, and we must continue to wear facial coverings, physically distance, avoid large gatherings and get tested when exposed or develop symptoms until everyone is vaccinated.

Vaccine supply in Maryland is increasing and J&J vaccine was reauthorized last week. J&J vaccine is a great option for persons wanting only one shot to be fully vaccinated. Howard County will open a mass vaccination site in partnership with the State on Friday, April 30. You can register for vaccine at this site and a variety of sites by using the State vaccine locator: https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/pages/vaccine#locator. This link will take you to the State’s COVID vaccine finder page where you are able to search for sites near you. If you do not have access to the internet or need assistance with technology, you can call the State hotline at 855 – MDGOVAX (1-855- 634-6829). All residents 16 years and older are eligible. Many of these state-run sites offer Pfizer vaccine which is the only vaccine authorized for 16 and 17-year old teens. Parents of teens are encouraged to seek out sites that offer this vaccine. Howard County Health Department does not have Pfizer this week.

This week, HCHD received 2,500 doses of Moderna vaccine and will be partnering with Safeway to vaccinate younger residents (18 and older). All clinics are open to all eligible residents. We will also continue targeted clinics for vulnerable populations. Residents interested in receiving vaccine at HCHD clinics are encouraged to complete our vaccine interest survey at https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Health/MM-Alerts-and-Recalls/COVID-19-Vaccine. Please note, when you complete the survey, you will not receive information to schedule an appointment until more vaccine is received and we are able to schedule additional clinics.

See below schedule of HCHD’s clinics for this week. Several first dose clinics, second dose clinics, and the Mobile Integrated Community Health (MICH) team will be operating. Clinic registration links have been emailed to eligible preregistered individuals. You can also locate open clinic appointments on our website here: vaccine.howardcountymd.gov.

Tuesday 4/27
HCC: 10 am – 6:00 pm: First dose for all eligible
North Laurel Community Center: 5 pm – 8 pm: First dose for all eligible

Wednesday 4/28
HCHD A1: 4 pm – 6 pm: Second dose for disabled community
Bethel Church: 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Second dose
Meadowbrook (Safeway): 10 am – 6 pm: First dose for all eligible

Thursday, 4/29
HCHD A1: 8 am – 11 am: First dose for disabled community
HCC: 10 am – 6:00pm: Second dose

Friday 4/23
State Mass Vax Site @ Lord & Taylor

Saturday 4/24
State Mass Vax Site @ Lord & Taylor


This full letter can be found here:  https://www.howardcountymd.gov/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=NP1LfnzhAng%3d&portalid=0

Scott E

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