HARFORD COUNTY, MD — Vulnerable people living in senior housing will soon receive the COVID-19 vaccine from the Harford County Health Department and Upper Chesapeake Health, authorities say.
“In the next week, we will be supplying Upper Chesapeake with enough Johnson & Johnson doses to cover senior housing facilities,” Deputy Health Officer Marcy Austin said, reporting on COVID-19 vaccine distribution at Tuesday’s County Council meeting. “The first location is scheduled for March 18 at Aberdeen Court, depending on vaccine availability.”
Aberdeen Court is a 75-apartment community for seniors which is run by Catholic Charities. It is located near the Beards Hill shopping center.
“In addition, Upper Chesapeake will hold a vaccine clinic at the Epicenter in Edgewood on Saturday, March 20, concentrating mainly on the 75-plus population,” Austin said.
By the end of March, Austin said Harford County anticipates completing vaccinations for those in phase 1A and 1B of the state’s vaccination distribution plan, which includes people over 75 and special groups like educators, health care workers, first responders, continuity of government workers and assisted living residents.
“We’re winding down actually only the 75-plus, which is really good news,” Austin said Tuesday. “We can pretty much get some folks in fairly quickly now and finish up that 75 plus population.”
This week the health department is administering 1,700 first doses and 1,400 second doses, Austin said.
Next week, vaccination clinics run by the health department will move to the Center for Educational Opportunity in Aberdeen, Austin said, since schools and recreation centers that had been used for the vaccination clinics will be reopening.
Vaccination clinics will be held Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, all by appointment only.
“At the beginning of April, we will be using both the Center for Educational Opportunity and St. Ignatius Church in Bel Air, as we continue our search for a site in Edgewood,” Austin said.
As of Tuesday, the Harford County Health Department had received 18,180 first doses and 12,800 second doses and had administered 15,099 first doses and 9,293 second doses, Austin said.
In addition to the health department, health care providers, pharmacies and hospitals are administering the COVID-19 vaccine — the health department is one distributor.
The Maryland Department of Health reports the following COVID-19 vaccine data for Harford County Thursday, March 11:
- 47,777 in Harford County have had first doses, or 18.704 percent of the population
- 26,524 in Harford County have had second doses, or 10.38 percent of the population
- 1,193 people have received the single-dose J&J vaccine, or 0.467 percent of the population
As of Thursday, Harford County has had 12,864 confirmed cases of the virus and 241 deaths from COVID-19, according to state health officials.
Here is the coronavirus data from the state for Thursday, March 11: