By Garrett County Joint Information Center Team
The Garrett County Health Department today announced that the Vaccination Clinic scheduled at the MEDCO Building in the McHenry Business Park for today, Friday, February 19th, has been cancelled due to delayed shipments of vaccine from the federal government. All appointments will be automatically rescheduled for March 8 at the same time as the original appointment. No patient action is required.
The delay of vaccine shipments is weather-related, and is a nationwide problem.
Although CDC recommends an interval of 28 days between the first and second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, they also advise that when necessary the second dose may be administered up to 6 weeks, or 42 days, after the first dose.
“We are sorry that we need to reschedule these second dose appointments, but we did not receive the last two vaccine shipments we were expecting,” said Garrett County Health Officer Bob Stephens. “The weather has caused significant delays across the country. We hope they will soon be able to get caught up on deliveries so we don’t have to reschedule our clinics for next week.”
If you are scheduled for a vaccine appointment next week, watch both your email and phone for messages generated by the Health Department through the vaccination appointment system if appointments need to be changed.
If you have questions about your appointment that are not answered by the email you receive from the system, please call the hotline at 301-334-7698 after Thursday, February 18th. The line is not being answered on Thursday due to the State of Maryland closure of state buildings in Garrett County, including the Health Department Office. Most GCHD employees are working from home today because of the closure.
Additional COVID-19 resources:
? Up-to-date county COVID-19 data and other information is available on garretthealth.org.
? If you have COVID-19 like symptoms, schedule a testing appointment at the Health Department by calling 301-334-7697.
? Free COVID-19 testing is available (with or without symptoms) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the MEDCO Building in the McHenry Business Park, unless otherwise announced. Pre-registration is recommended. Visit garretthealth.org for more information.
? For all other COVID-19 related questions, or to report a COVID-19 compliance issue, call the local COVID-19 Hotline number at 301-334-7698.