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City to open coronavirus vaccination site at Baltimore City Community College

Dr. Letitia Dzirasa announces that BCCC will be used as a coronavirus vaccination site.

Baltimore will open a coronavirus vaccination site at Baltimore City Community College and close its existing site, city officials announced Wednesday.

The new site at the college’s Liberty Heights Avenue campus in West Baltimore’s Burleith-Leighton neighborhood will expand the city’s vaccination efforts in response to Gov. Larry Hogan’s announcement last week that a wider swath of state residents are now eligible to receive the vaccine.

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During a news conference at the Zeta Center, Scott said the college’s central location and accessibility via public transportation will allow the city to expand beyond its current capacity to administer 500 doses per week. The site will open next week.

Until now, Baltimore has been administering vaccines at Under Armour’s Port Covington campus in South Baltimore. City staff and volunteers have been assisted by students from Coppin State University and Notre Dame School of Pharmacy. Maryland Responds, a state medical reserve corps, also has worked at the site.

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Dr. Letitia Dzirasa announces that BCCC will be used as a coronavirus vaccination site.

But the city needs to drastically increase its daily capacity to vaccinate its more than 600,000 residents. Baltimore Health Commissioner Letitia Dzirasa said about 10,000 to 11,000 people in Baltimore are eligible for the vaccine in Phase 1A. Another 60,000 can receive the vaccine during Phase 1B, which now can be administered following Hogan’s announcement.

The city has administered 4,373 doses thus far, Dzirasa said Wednesday. That figure does not include vaccines given at hospitals in the city.

The city has been inundated with calls since the state expanded the number of eligible residents. This week, Dzirasa announced the creation of a registry system for those in Phases 1A and 1B. Eligible city residents can go online to coronavirus.baltimorecity.gov/covax to register for an appointment or call 410-396-2273. Registrants will get a call back when an appointment is available.

All appointments are booked already through the end of January in Baltimore. The Under Armour location will close next week; people with appointments next week at that site will be notified if their appointment has been moved to BCCC, Dzirasa said. Appointment times would not change, she said.

At Scott’s request, the state is allowing Baltimore to begin using community partners to assist with administering the vaccine. Officials are hoping that, too, will speed up the process.

Dzirasa said the city is looking at additional vaccination sites across the city, keeping in mind accessibility based on locations and transportation.

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