Frontline Vacinations

The Frederick County Health Department will open a third vaccination site Wednesday at Frederick Community College.

Even though supply of the coronavirus vaccine remains limited, the Frederick County Health Department will open a third vaccination site Wednesday at Frederick Community College.

The FCC site joins Scott Key Center and Butterfly Ridge Elementary School as COVID-19 vaccine clinics being operated by the health department.

All vaccinations at these sites are being done for those eligible by appointment only. Anyone who shows up without an appointment will be turned away, according to county officials.

This week, the county health department received 1,300 first doses, a decline of almost 2,000 doses from its biggest shipment to date last week. 

The drop was not unexpected, as Frederick County's weekly allotment of vaccine from the federal government is now being divided among the health department, Frederick Health Hospital, CVS and Walgreens, which handle nursing-home vaccinations, and the newest provider, the Giant pharmacy on Kingfisher Drive.

Future allotments could be even smaller as more providers come online unless the supply from approved vaccine manufacturers Pfizer and Moderna ramps up in a significant way, thus allocating Frederick County more doses from the federal government.

The county health department said it was hoping to receive more vaccine this week after the winter weather delayed some shipments.

So far, a total of 22,012 first doses have been administered in Frederick County, and 3,629 people have been fully inoculated from the disease after receiving their second dose.

That compares to 462,162 first doses and 91,571 second doses administered across the state.

The vaccine rollout continued on a day the number of new COVID-19 infections across Maryland dropped below 1,000 for the first time since Nov. 3 (771). 

In Frederick County, there were no new deaths due to COVID-19, and hospitalizations for the disease fell to their lowest level since Nov. 23.

The number of new cases in the county rose by 76 to 15,722 overall. There have been 237 related deaths.

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(15) comments


The vaccine supply will remain limited until there is a surplus. Then you'll be able to get a walk-up Covid shot just like a walk-up flu shot.


And when might that be? I’ll give you the answer - never.


True Bosco, and with 0ver 850 million doses contracted for by the Feds to the vaccine manufacturers for the US population, that surplus will be significant even if everyone, including kids, gets the vaccine. The US population is currently approximately 330 million. While the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are two doses, the others are single dose.


And, gabe, you know the media is chomping at the bit to use their favorite terms "skyrocketing" and "plummeting". Just wait until the vaccine supply is skyrocketing and demand is plummeting. That'll be a good day.


The word is champing, not chomping


Either is correct.


As gabe said either is correct and as I typing chomping I was wondering how long it would take for somebody to say champing.


FCC has a lot of buildings, would have been helpful to know where the shots will be given on campus.


Just look it up online.


My appointment for today says the Athletic Center. A link is provided in my appointment with a map of the FCC campus


The gym There were signs at both entrances yesterday..


Oh good. Even fewer vaccines, and now we have to compete at more random vendors for appointments that don’t exist? Why is there not one main computer list and one main scheduling center? Do people really enjoy playing Hunger Games and competing against their neighbors?

Say goodbye to your last hope of getting vaccinated any time this year.


Oh please, stop the histrionics. It is not "The Hunger Games". Vaccine lots are being distributed to the states as soon as they pass QC at the manufacturer. You cannot make the manufacturing process go any faster, no matter how much political posturing, stomping feet, or holding breath you do. Wait your turn, sign up, then show up (at no cost to you). The J&J vaccine will be here soon, with the NovaVax vaccine close behind. Patience. In the meantime, if you are heathy, follow the rules to prevent getting infected.


Yes, Gabriel, thats what I’m trying to alert people to - the vaccine can not be manufactured in large enough amounts to get ahead of the variants. Fauci just confirmed this. There is not and will never be enough vaccine.


Seven, that is not true, and Fauci did not confirm it. Our capacity will more then double once the J&J and NovaVax vaccines come online. There will be plenty of vaccine, since the Feds contracted for over 850 million doses, and the US population is about 330 million. All of the vaccines are still effective against the current variants since the epitopes (the region on the virus that the resulting antibodies recognize) have not changed. As viruses pass through the human population they naturally mutate, resulting in either antigenic drift or antigenic shift, which is Fauci (and other medical professionals) understands, and was his point. We are not there.

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