Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced Tuesday that the county is moving to Phase 1B of the COVID-19 vaccination plan.
Phase 1B currently includes all residents age 75 and older, residents and employees of group living facilities, workers needed to keep the government functioning, teachers and child care workers.
Alsobrooks said that individuals who live or work in Prince George’s County and wish to receive a coronavirus vaccine must fill out the county Health Department’s pre-registration form, at covid19vaccination.princegeorgescountymd.gov/. The department will follow up with individuals who have pre-registered with a link and instructions on how to schedule a vaccine appointment, as those appointments become available based on vaccine supply.
“I’m encouraging every Prince Georgian to pre-register for your COVID-19 vaccine so when your turn comes, you will be able to join us in being Proud to be Protected,” Alsobrooks said. “Due to the current limited supply of vaccines, we urge everyone to be patient with this months-long process. We continue to work hard to ramp up our vaccine distribution efforts so when we receive increased supplies of vaccines, we will be able to administer them quickly and efficiently.”
Since March, the county has had 63,316 confirmed cases, 6,479 have been hospitalized and 1,144 deaths. The indoor dining ban and other restrictions will stay in place until Jan. 29, Alsobrooks said.
Alsobrooks received her second dose of the vaccine on Tuesday and said she feels fine and no symptoms.
The county has been working to ramp up vaccine distribution daily. Last week, the number of vaccinations provided by the Health Department increased by 461%. Beginning Thursday the Sports and Learning Complex vaccination clinic in Landover will administer 1,000 vaccines per day, through the beginning of next month. All of those appointments have already been filled.
According to Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management, the county has 25,000 people in Phase 1A, 95,000 in Phase 1B and 150,000 in Phase 1C.
Dr. Ernest Carter, county health officer, said the state has been doing a good job distributing the vaccine to the county.
“We’re receiving the vaccine and we are getting them in people’s arms,” he said.
Phase 1C is still set to begin in Prince George’s County on Monday. Individuals in Phase 1C and future phases can fill out the same pre-registration form.
When the county enters future phases of vaccine distribution, individuals that have already pre-registered will receive a notification that they are eligible, and as appointments become available, will begin to receive links to schedule appointments.
Phase 1C includes adults age 65-74; public health and safety workers not covered in Phase 1A; and essential workers in lab services, food/agriculture production, manufacturing, the U.S. Postal Service, public transit, and grocery stores.