Montgomery County Ranks Near Bottom in Maryland for Vaccine Distribution

Montgomery County can only administer as many doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as it receives and with limited supplies, that is not enough, according to county officials. While the county boasts of administering 95 percent of the doses it receives weekly, it ranks near or at the bottom of counties in Maryland for administering the vaccine.

According to the state website, as of Jan. 27, Montgomery County has administered 51,403 doses of the first injection and 6,550 of the second dose, resulting in 4.892% of county residents having received the first of the two injections. In Garrett County, 8.968% of its residents have received a first injection, according to Maryland officials.

In nearby Prince George’s County, which like Montgomery County has a larger population other Maryland counties, 2.4% of its residents have received their first dose.

The county’s website about the vaccine notes that, as of Jan. 27, it has received 32,400 first doses of which it has administered 25,359, or 78.3%.

The state and county numbers differ, because when reporting how many doses the county has received, the state includes doses that were given to the county as well as to area hospitals and nursing homes. As the county can only administer the doses it receives, it does not include hospitals and nursing homes in its reports.

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About Suzanne Pollak

Suzanne is a freelance reporter with Montgomery Community Media. She has over 35 years professional experience writing for newspapers, magazines, non-profit newsletters and the web.

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