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Doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in Frederick County.

Eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine is set to expand even more across Frederick County on Tuesday, as the Frederick County Health Department begins scheduling appointments for anyone 60 years of age and older.

On Monday, the health department opened up appointment eligibility for anyone in Phase 1A, 1B and 1C of the state's vaccine rollout timeline. Tuesday's expansion represents a move into Phase 2A.

As vaccine supply begins to ramp up in the coming weeks, the health department announced Friday that it will be following the eligibility timeline outlined by Gov. Larry Hogan (R) last Thursday. Prior to Monday, Frederick County had been following a more-limited eligibility schedule than the state's.

On March 30, anyone in Phase 2B — anyone 16 and older with underlying medical conditions — can begin scheduling appointments. Anyone in 2C — essential workers in critical industries, including food service and transportation — become eligible on April 13.

On April 27, the general population, including healthy adults age 16 and older, will be eligible.

So far, more than 61,000 county residents have received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine. That accounts for more than 23 percent of the county population.

More than 36,000 county residents have been fully inoculated against the novel coronavirus either by receiving two doses of the vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna or the single-dose vaccine from Johnson & Johnson.

Across the state, more than 2.2 million people have received at least one dose of vaccine, while more than 790,000 have been fully inoculated.

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(5) comments

MD1756

Thanks for nothing. I turn 60 the day before everyone and their brothers can get the shot. We can't make it through the priority list but we are going to open it up to everyone? Where's the science in that?

Greg F

Double...so those with underlying health conditions seem expendable compared to a certain age group. Cripes...who sets this criteria? Some conditions are worse off than someone older.

pdl603

You get what you vote for, don’t ya? If you considered them competent, then good luck to you.

MD1756

I didn't think I needed to add "ceteris paribus." The risk groups already account for underlying health conditions.

threecents

At least be happy that the new categories allow people 55 and and older to get vaccinated before teenagers. This is great news that the vaccine availability is set to increase, along with new findings that the Astra Zeneca vaccine is looking good in clinical trials.

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