05/09/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/09/2021 09:55
CONTINUED OUTREACH TO FAITH COMMUNITIES. On Wednesday, May 5, Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford visited a community vaccination site at Bethel Korean Presbyterian Church, a joint effort of Bethel and Bridgeway Community Church in Howard County.
Later in the day, Lt. Governor Rutherford joined Howard County Executive Calvin Ball to visit another community vaccination clinic at First Baptist Church of Guilford.
MEETING MARYLANDERS WHERE THEY ARE. The VETF has worked to launch mobile vaccination clinics in hard-to-reach areas utilizing mobile units provided by the University of Maryland School of Nursing and staffed by the Maryland National Guard. Each mobile vaccine bus has the versatility to be used as a walk-in clinic or a drive-up site to administer between 60 to 160 vaccines per mission. Learn where they've been so far.
PROGRESS IN TARGETED ZIP CODES. The hard-hit zip codes where the VETF is partnering with community leaders to hold vaccine clinics are showing significant improvement in vaccine uptake.
(figures are cumulative, as of 5/7/21)
ELIGIBILITY. Marylanders age 16 and older are now eligible to get vaccinated at any of the state's mass vaccination sites and are eligible through all providers. Marylanders are encouraged to pre-register for appointments at mass vaccination sites via covidvax.maryland.gov or 1-855-MD-GOVAX.
The Maryland Vaccine Equity Task Force (VETF), led by Maryland National Guard Brigadier General Janeen Birckhead, works in partnership with the state's 24 local health departments to focus COVID-19 vaccination efforts on underserved, vulnerable, and hard-to-reach populations to ensure the equitable delivery of vaccines.
The task force will leverage resources with close ties to key communities, including the state's Vaccine Advisory Group, the Governor's Office of Community Initiatives, the state's network of Medicaid providers, and additional public sector and community partners.