February 17, 2021


Dear friends,

Please take a few minutes to read this update on vaccines based on information I've learned recently.

Update on Pre-Registration and Appointment Process

Preregister to receive the vaccine from Prince George's County health department
mypgc.us/COVIDVaccine

This week those who are on our pre-registration list who have been waiting will begin to receive appointments. Phase 1A and 1B will be prioritized first, but those in 1C could begin to receive appointments as well. It is anticipated that everyone in 1A and 1B will be scheduled within a couple of weeks. For more details about who is included in which phase, click here and scroll down to the bottom.

Moving forward, you will receive separate appointments for your first and second dose at the same time. To avoid problems, which have occurred with residents sharing web links, you will no longer be provided a link to select a date and time. An appointment date and time will be assigned to you.

Please note that the vaccine doses the county receives fluctuate on a weekly basis. The county has only been guaranteed 975 first doses weekly. Last Thursday, we were told that number will go up to 4,200 for at least the next 2 weeks, and perhaps the next 4 weeks. As of now, our County Health Department has administered 71 percent of all available vaccine doses that we have available to residents.

County Coordinated Vaccine Sites

The county currently has three facilities operating under the purview of our County Health Department: one in Cheverly, another at the Sports and Learning Complex, and the last at the Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex. The county will have a soft launch of a fourth facility at the Laurel Beltsville Senior Center this week. With that site, our vaccination capacity will increase to 1,900 doses per day.

Additionally, there are three mobile vaccination units which are each capable of handling 50 appointments per day, a total of 150 appointments per day through all three. We will use them to target eligible people in hard to reach populations of the County.

Data on Pre-Registration
 


In order to receive a COVID-19 vaccine through the Prince George's County Health Department, individuals who live or work in the County must fill out our
pre-registration form. Over 123,000 pre-registrations have been received as of February 9, and 110,000 are County residents (the remainder are employed within the County). 63% of County residents who have pre-registered are eligible in Phase 1. The County Health Department is only scheduling appointments for individuals on the pre-registration list.  

The numbers from this list will continue to fluctuate as more Prince Georgians pre-register for vaccinations, and as others receive appointments at our clinics and are removed from the list. There are an estimated 270,000 people eligible in all of Phase 1 of the County's phased distribution plan, and as additional residents pre-register, we will continue to prioritize scheduling appointments for those who are currently eligible under Phase 1A and 1B, and then Phase 1C.

As a reminder, pre-registering with the County Health Department only puts you on the waiting list for an appointment at our Health Department's clinics. The clinics operated by the State, local hospitals, or pharmacies in the County have separate registration processes.

Prince George's County Health Department
  • Locations: Health Department's Cheverly Health Center, Wayne K. Curry Sports & Learning Complex, Southern Regional Technology & Recreation Complex
     
  • Appointments: Individuals who live or work in Prince George's County should fill out the pre-registration form to be added to the waiting list. Individuals who cannot fill out the pre-registration form online should call 311 and press # for assistance.
Hospital Clinics (Not County-Operated)
  • Locations: Major hospital systems in the County are each running their own vaccination clinics.
     
  • Luminis Health is operating several local clinics. Pre-register here.
     
  • Appointments: You can use covidvax.maryland.gov to locate hospital clinics offering vaccinations and learn how to register for appointments.
Six Flags America Theme Park (Not County-Operated)
  • Appointments: All appointments have been booked. Future appointments will be released and available online at covidvax.maryland.gov.
Safeway Pharmacies (Not County-Operated)
  • Locations: There are several Safeway pharmacies offering COVID-19 vaccinations in the County.
     
  • Appointments: Eligible individuals can learn more and view available appointments online here.
Giant Food Pharmacies (Not County-Operated)
  • Locations: There are several Giant Food pharmacies offering COVID-19 vaccinations in the County.
     
  • Appointments: Eligible individuals can learn more and view available appointments online here.
Update on Vaccine Supply and Distribution Plan

The County is dependent on the State for vaccine supply. During the week of February 8, the County Health Department received 7,000 doses of vaccines in two separate shipments. To date, the County has received 32,000 doses of vaccines, and has administered 22,731 of those doses, approximately 71%. This metric (percentage of vaccine administered) changes day to day as new vaccine shipments come in.

Between now and February 26, we have a total of 13,431 appointments scheduled. 4,960 of these appointments are first dose appointments, and 8,345 of these appointments are second dose appointments.

Over 52,000 vaccines have been provided to 40,927 County residents, with 11,095 residents having received their second vaccination. There are an estimated 728,050 residents ages 16 and older, the minimum age for vaccination. Our goal is to have 473,232 residents vaccinated by this summer, or 65% of this population and 80% by this fall. We are at 8.6% of our summer goal. We anticipate revising our goal as new vaccines become available that include younger populations. You can stay updated on the County's vaccination progress through our
data dashboard.

For additional details, please read the Vaccine Bulletin published by County Executive Alsobrooks this weekend: 
Inclement Weather

If your vaccine appointment must be cancelled due to inclement weather--at County operated sites--you will receive an email, text or phone call from the Heath Department. 

You can also call 3-1-1 one hour before your scheduled appointment time to check is the vaccine site is open.

For Prince George's County operated sites, if appointments are cancelled, everyone with an appointment will receive instructions to reschedule their appointment.

Free Food Distributions in February


Be COVID Safe

Even as we all eagerly await our opportunity to be vaccinated, we must continue to practice COVID safety protocols.

Wear a mask over your nose.
Limit gatherings to those you live with. 
If you must go out, stay 6 feet away from others.
Continue to wash your hands.

I will continue to share new information as I receive it. Thank you in advance for your patience as we undertake the massive effort of vaccinating our residents.

Together Strengthening Our Community,





Like me on Facebook
 Follow me on Twitter

Upcoming Events

Friday, February 19
12:00 - 12:45 p.m.
Virtual Connections with the Revenue Authority

Learn about parking enforcement and the residential parking program.
Ask your questions.
Register here.

Monday, February 22
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Sharing Our Stories:
Black History Month Celebration
 
Join us virtually to celebrate the rich history in the District 3 community. Hear stories and experiences from leaders from Lakeland, Lincoln Vista, the Plummer Family, Seabrook, and historians from M-NCPPC.
Register here.

Wednesday, March 3
12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Virtual Connections with PGCPS CEO Dr. Monica Goldson

Hear from Dr. Goldson about PGCPS updates and ask your questions.
Register here.

#ICYMI
(In Case You Missed It)


#onlytogether
Ways to Help

Medical and Non-Medical Volunteers are needed to help with vaccine distribution. Learn more and sign up here: https://bit.ly/PGCMedicalReserve 
and be sure to select Prince George's County. 


Route One Communities Care has partnered with Greater Riverdale Cares to support local restaurants and feed neighbors in need. Learn more at feedrouteone.org or
donate to Greater Riverdale Cares/Route One Community Cares.

Donate diapers and new or gently used winter coats to students at Riverdale Elementary and William Wirt Middle. Drop items at either school on Mondays and Wednesdays.



Starbucks at Capital Plaza is collecting coats for students at Woodridge ES and Glenridge ES. Please drop coats directly at the Capital Plaza location. 
 -----
 Contact Your 
D3 Team
301-952-3060

CouncilDistrict3
@co.pg.
md.us
 
Wanda Brooks 
Citizen Services Specialist
-- 
geneather Lloyd
Office Manager & Scheduler
glloyd@co.pg.md.us 
--
Aimee Olivo 
Chief of Staff
-- 
Alina Smith
Latino Liaison
--
Alesha Wilson
Community Outreach & Special Projects Coordinator
aewilson@co.pg.md.us


If you have received this e-news from someone other than my office, and are interested in receiving this update directly, please email CouncilDistrict3@co.pg.md.us or call (301) 952-3060.