While I have read a couple of positive letters about the Frederick County Health Department’s efficiency in vaccine distribution, I would like to share another side.
I am a 60-plus-year-old Frederick County Public Schools teacher and was able to schedule a vaccine appointment through the health department for (Jan. 28) at 11:36 a.m. Many of my colleagues and friends had done the same and also received appointments. At about 10:30, I started receiving messages from colleagues who had gone to their scheduled appointment as FCPS teachers/staff, and had been turned away because they were not 75 years or older.
At the same time, three other friends, who are not yet 75 and are not FCPS employees, were writing to say they had just received their vaccines. It appeared to me that it was luck of the draw, so I decided to try my luck. I was greeted at the door and immediately asked if I was an FCPS teacher. I was informed that they were only accepting first responders and people 75 years or older. I explained that I was in cohort 1B and had a scheduled appointment. I was told again that I did not fit the criteria and that they had already turned away several other teachers today.
Given the enormous controversy about vaccines and returning to the classroom, and given the fact that I am in cohort 1B and the state of Maryland is “officially” at 1C, and given the fact that I was able to secure an appointment online using the Health Department’s website, it was very discouraging, to say the least, that I too was turned away.
I am also curious as to who will receive the vaccines that were slated for the appointments that were rejected.