(March 26, 2021) Worcester County health officials continue to administer as many covid vaccines as possible as the state steadily adds more groups of eligible recipients.
According to Ocean City Fire Department Battalion Chief Richard Koch, the county health department is holding one vaccination clinic a week in Ocean City at Northside Park. The health department supplies the doses and they vary each week. Koch said the numbers could be as low as 100 to as high as more than 250.
The health department also hosts vaccine clinics at the Worcester County Recreation Center in Snow Hill, West Ocean City Park and Ride, the Elks Lodge in Pocomoke and the health department facility in Snow Hill when doses are available.
To check when and where the vaccines are offered for the coming week, visit: worcesterhealth.org/ news/1762-worcester-health-expands-covid-19-vaccinations-to-phase-2.
Roughly 80 to 85 percent of all fire, emergency medical services and police in Worcester County have received vaccinations, according to Koch, and everyone within those groups who has requested a vaccine has received one.
There is also little to no wait time to receive a vaccine at the clinics, according to the information from the fire department, and after the vaccine is given, recipients must wait 15 minutes.
Sarah Yonker, the director of marketing for Atlantic General Hospital, said hospital staff members are also making a push to vaccinate African American residents.
According to a news release, a clinic is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at Atlantic General Hospital to administer first doses of the covid vaccine to members of the congregations of several African American churches in Worcester County. More than 250 individuals will receive vaccines at the clinic.
The release said data shows that individuals of color are at greater risk of becoming seriously ill or dying from covid-19. It also said Black Americans have also expressed a higher level of reluctance to receiving the vaccine.
As of Thursday morning, Maryland providers had administered 2,358,677 total doses of covid-19 vaccines, according to a news release from Gov. Larry Hogan. The state is averaging 45,855 shots per day.
According to the CDC, 27 percent of Maryland’s total population have received vaccines, including 71.3 percent of residents 65 and older.
The county health department had received 9,570 doses as of Thursday according to its website. So far, the health department has administered a total of 8,209.
Yonker said via email Wednesday that the hospital has received 8,830 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
Community members in Phases 1A, 1B and 1C have received 7,778 of those doses and Yonker said officials were set Thursday to hold their first clinics for individuals in Phase 2A.
The hospital has 332 staff members who have received the Pfizer vaccine and 343 who have received the Moderna, both first and second doses. Another 22 more employees have received Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccines. Yonkers said 357 staff have administered 357 vaccines at clinics since last week.
Yonker added that the hospital is not set to receive any more Johnson & Johnson vaccines or “first dose” vaccines of any of the brands next week.
Covid case info
As of Thursday, Worcester’s covid-19 positivity rate was 3.72 percent, an increase from 2.22 percent last week. The state’s rate is 4.59 percent.
Also as of Thursday, Maryland reported 403,982 confirmed cases of covid-19.
Worcester County has confirmed 23 new cases since last week, bringing the county’s total cases since March to 3,331.
The Maryland Department of Health reported Berlin and Ocean Pines had 1,346 cases and Ocean City had 832.
Worcester recorded 92 deaths from covid-19.
As of Wednesday evening, one patient with coronavirus was in the intensive care unit at Atlantic General Hospital and one was in the medical/surgical unit, Yonker said.
Hospital personnel have cared for eight patients who have come off a ventilator and Atlantic General had discharged 325 coronavirus patients who are recovering.