Montgomery County has received 19,800 doses of the Moderna vaccine – and administered 14,952 of those as of Thursday. Local health officials say all of the allotted doses are expected to be administered by Friday, Jan. 15.
The county is currently in Phase 1A for vaccine distribution, consisting of frontline health care workers, staff and residents of nursing homes, and first responders. Montgomery County Deputy Health Officer Dr. James Bridgers says the county will likely continue through Phase 1 for the next couple of weeks, depending on the number of doses allotted from the state.
Local health officials also stressed the need for more doses.
During a virtual COVID-19 media briefing on Thursday, County Executive Marc Elrich addressed vaccine rollout concerns.
“We are administering vaccines as we receive them… I want people to remember that it is the state, not the county, that distributes vaccines,” Elrich said.
Here’s more of what county leaders had to say about local COVID-19 vaccinations:
“We continue to burn through our vaccines at a higher rate than most counties based on our calculations,” said Dr. Bridgers.
The county is also considering partnering with local clinic providers and hospitals to get access to more vaccine doses.
Happening right now: Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich is holding his weekly virtual COVID-19 media briefing. He just answered concerns regarding vaccine distribution. “We are administering vaccines as we receive them”, Elrich said. @mymcmedia pic.twitter.com/XLuhqiRVMS
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