A COVID-19 vaccination site is now open at Montgomery College’s Germantown Campus. In response to requests from state and county officials, MC and its community partners collaborated on getting the site up and running. Montgomery County health officials, the state of Maryland, and the College made those plans official late last month, and the site has been operational since March 31 as one of the state’s six newest mass vaccination sites.
“It’s a wonderful federal, state and local, and private sector partnership,” said Maryland Governor Larry Hogan at the official event inaugurating the site earlier this month. “We want to thank Montgomery College, our partners at Montgomery County, and everyone who is working so hard to make this a success.”
Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich thanked the governor and everyone who has worked to make this happen as well. “This is an important day we’ve been waiting for. This is going to be a big step forward for Montgomery County,” he said. “We are in a race to get ahead of the virus, we are in a race to get people vaccinated.”
Holy Cross Health and Holy Cross Germantown Hospital, the College’s PIC MC anchor resident partners, have also been instrumental in getting the vaccination site running.
There are three things that our country needs right now, every community and every town across the nation: vaccines, jobs for vulnerable populations, and a skilled labor force. The thing I know for sure is that there is only one place in the country where you can get all three, and that is at your local community college.
Since its opening, health professionals staffing the site have been administering vaccines to pre-registered individuals in the Bioscience Education Center (BE). The site has the goal of distributing 3000 doses per day.
Here are a few key details:
- The county and the state health departments are the main facilitators, with the College serving a supporting role as the host facility.
- Because it is a mass vaccination site in partnership with the state of Maryland, it is also available to residents throughout the state—not just Montgomery County residents.
- Pre-registration is required at the county website or state website. Walk-up appointments are not accepted.
- All MC employees and MC students who wish to receive a vaccine need to register.
- At this point, all Marylanders 16 and over are eligible for vaccinations, visit the CovidLink Maryland page for more details.
- Additional vaccine distribution data can be viewed on Montgomery County’s Vaccine Distribution Dashboard.
- Montgomery College employees can find out about volunteer opportunities on the MC Coronavirus webpage.
- The Germantown Campus, located at 20200 Observation Drive in Germantown, is accessible by car, Ride On, and Metro’s Red Line combined with a transfer to Ride On Route 55 to the on-campus stop. Ride On is operating a free Vaccination Shuttle, every 15 minutes (Monday through Friday) from the Shady Grove Metro.
Montgomery College President DeRionne Pollard reiterated her gratitude to the state and county for making this site a reality and allowing the College to collaborate. “There are three things that our country needs right now, every community and every town across the nation: vaccines, jobs for vulnerable populations, and a skilled labor force,” she said. “The thing I know for sure is that there is only one place in the country where you can get all three, and that is at your local community college. That is why Montgomery College is honored to be here and serve as a resource to our community.”
As a supporting partner in this vital effort to keep the community protected from COVID-19, this opportunity is an extension of MC’s service mission, and the College is proud to be a part of it, as Adam Reid, director of public safety, health, and emergency management at MC, pointed out.
“Having the opportunity for the College to be a supporting partner and playing a daily active role in this effort is beyond rewarding,” he said. “We are helping support the recovery effort by protecting our entire community from COVID-19.”
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Governor Hogan’s Press Conference at Montgomery College’s Mass Vaccination Site