COVID-19 Update 4/20/2021, Montgomery County, Maryland
COVID-19 Vaccine: By the Numbers
As of Tuesday, April 20, 493,178 Montgomery County residents (46.9%) received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 306,377 residents (29.2%) are fully vaccinated.
COVID-19 is still circulating in the community. The most common strain in circulation is the variant, B-X-X, otherwise known as the British variant. See the Montgomery County COVID-19 Data Dashboard for key indicators and more details.
Preregistration Open to All
All Marylanders 16 and older are eligible for a vaccine, no matter which provider is giving the vaccination. Residents can preregister at govaxmoco.com for one of the County-operated COVID-19 vaccination clinics. If you know of someone who is trying to preregister for a vaccination through the County clinics but does not have access to a computer, please help them preregister online. Those without a computer or who might need help to preregister, should call the preregistration helpline at 240-777-2982 for assistance.
The State’s mass vaccination sites are also accepting preregistration for anyone over 16. Residents can preregister themselves, friends or family members at covidvax.maryland.gov. Options include the Germantown site, as well as the mass vaccination site located at the Greenbelt Metro Station in Prince George’s County.
Preregistration does not guarantee an appointment. Residents currently eligible under Phase 1 and Phase 2 who have not yet been vaccinated will continue to be prioritized.
Pause on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Continues
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continue to investigate possible links between the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and rare episodes of blood clots in six women recipients, County health officials will continue to pause the use of the single-dose vaccine. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will be meeting this week and may make updated recommendations by the end of the week.
Already Been Vaccinated? You Can Now Cancel Your Preregistration and Help Us Help Others
As vaccine becomes more widely available, more residents are receiving their COVID-19 vaccinations at sites outside of County-operated clinics. To help us serve unvaccinated residents more efficiently, we need your help.
If you have preregistered but have already been vaccinated, you can cancel your preregistration at a County-run clinic. This will ensure that you no longer receive vaccine appointment notifications.
If you received your first dose at a County-operated clinic but have not received an email three days before your second dose due date, please email email@example.com or call the COVID-19 call center at 240-777-1755 for assistance in scheduling a second dose appointment. We always maintain a supply of second dose vaccine for residents who received their first dose from the County.
I Am Fully Vaccinated. What Can I Do Now?
More than 29% of Montgomery County residents 16 and older have been fully vaccinated. Here are 10 things fully vaccinated people need to know:
- Keep wearing a mask—wearing a mask and physical distancing are still important in helping slow the spread of COVID-19 until we reach herd immunity.
- Herd immunity is needed—before life can get more normal, we need to reach herd immunity. Estimates range from this summer to early 2022.
- Getting COVID-19 is still possible—vaccines are highly effective against severe disease and death, but there’s a chance you could get infected with COVID-19.
- You may need a booster—researchers don’t know yet how long vaccine immunity will last so you may need a booster in the future.
- You can still infect someone—there’s a chance that you could get infected with the virus and spread it to someone who is not vaccinated. It’s important to continue to take precautions.
- You can visit with other fully vaccinated people of any age inside a home or private setting without a mask. You can also visit with one household of unvaccinated people who are not at risk of severe illness inside a home or private setting without a mask.
- You can travel domestically without a pre- or post-travel test and travel domestically without quarantining after travel. You can travel internationally without a pre-travel test depending on destination and travel internationally without quarantining after travel.
- You can attend group fitness classes with other fully vaccinated participants and instructors while wearing a mask. Check your gym for specific policies.
- You can sit indoors at restaurants operating at reduced capacity while wearing a mask when not eating or drinking.
The CDC recommends that even fully vaccinated people should NOT visit indoors with people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 or attend medium or large gatherings without a mask.
Help Reduce Lines at Vaccination Clinics
To avoid lines and maintain safe distancing, please plan to arrive at a vaccination site no more than 15 minutes before your appointment time. If you do arrive earlier, please remain in your car until 15 minutes before your appointment.
What is the White Card I Got with My First Dose?
Residents who received a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine received a vaccination record card. The cards are issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and serve as a personal immunization record. The card lists the date when you received your first dose and what vaccine you received. If you received a two-shot vaccine such as Pfizer or Moderna, the date of your first vaccination will give you a general idea of when your second dose is due (three weeks later if you received Pfizer and four weeks later if you received Moderna).
It is recommended that you either scan or take a photograph of the card. Keep the original stored in a safe place where you can easily access it. Be careful about posting photos of the card to social media, however, as it contains personally identifiable information. If you do decide to post, consider obscuring the information.
Bring your card to your second appointment so it can be updated. If you forget to bring your card, don’t panic. If you have some form of ID, staff at the site can pull up your name in their records and get you vaccinated.
If you have lost your vaccination card, visit Maryland MyIR for a copy of your immunization record. If you were vaccinated at a County-operated site, you can also request a new card by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and providing your name, date of birth and home address. A replacement card will be mailed to you. The vaccination card is not a legal document and is not the same as a “vaccine passport” that may or may not be required in the future. However, if you are traveling or returning to work or school, you should consider bringing your vaccination record card, or at least a copy of it, in case you are asked for proof of vaccination.
Already had COVID-19? You Should Still Get the Vaccine
The CDC recommends people who have already had COVID-19 still get vaccinated. The vaccine could create a bigger immune response, which better prepares the body to fight off the coronavirus in the future. Plus, experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. If you have already recovered from COID-19, it is possible—although rare—that you could be infected with the virus again.
Keep Getting Tested for COVID-19
Montgomery County health officials recommend testing at least once each month if you are frequently out in the community. You may test more often if you were not able to follow safety steps like distancing from others and wearing a mask.
We continue to provide free testing at numerous locations for anyone who wants one. Find a complete schedule of upcoming clinics at www.MoCoCOVIDTesting.org.
When more people get tested, we can discover disease “hot spots” and any COVID-19 variants that may arise.