Carroll Community College is partnering with the county health department to help vaccinate more area residents with free COVID-19 public vaccination clinics scheduled through January.
Located on the Westminster campus at the Bollinger Family Conference Center in Room K100, 10 clinics are scheduled on campus through Jan. 28.
Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccinations will be available. Registration is recommended, but walk-ins are welcome as space allows. To check availability for the community college clinics, go to https://cchd.maryland.gov/registration-links/.
“Our regularly scheduled clinics allow 196 to register with room for some walk-ins. Some of our added clinics may be open to more or fewer people,” said Maggie Kunz, a Carroll County health planner.
Vaccination clinics will be held four times this week, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today, Tuesday and Friday, while an afternoon clinic for ages 18 and older will be held 3:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesday.
Alan Schuman, Carroll Community College’s executive vice president, said the college is committed to working with the health department to serve the community throughout the pandemic.
“We’re very excited that we’re able to accommodate the on-site vaccination sites here for at least through January and, if needed, we will work with the health department to keep it going into the future,” Schuman said.
Patrice Jackson, a Westminster resident who was in line for a booster shot on Friday, said that residents should not wait to get vaccinated.
“It’s something that has to be done instead of waiting for something to happen … I’m doing what is required to take care of the safety of myself, as well as other people,” Jackson said.
As of Jan. 6, the county reported a positivity rate of 27.8%. The total number of confirmed cases in Carroll County as of Jan. 6 was 16,644, up by 541 cases when compared to Jan. 4, according to the county health department.
Carlos Toro of Westminster was also waiting to receive his vaccine Friday. He encouraged other Carroll County residents to get vaccinated due to county’s high transmission levels.
“It needs to be taken seriously ... this is not a new thing, so we should know what to do and also help out those who can’t make it,” Toro said.
Carroll Community College officials said the college monitors COVID-19 rates on a daily basis. In anticipation of a spike in cases following the end-of-year holiday break, the college limited the number of employees and students on campus, said Patricia Carroll, chief communications officer at the college.
The college is also is offering a higher percentage of online classes since the start of the pandemic, according to Carroll.
“We continue to strongly encourage employees and students to get vaccinated and get their booster dose and we offered a $100 vaccine incentive in an effort to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus,” Carroll said.
The surging omicron variant is making vaccination more important than ever, said Carroll County Deputy Health Officer Robert Wack.
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“People should definitely get vaccinated and definitely get their boosters. We are still hammering away on what we’re calling the triple play — vaccinations, masks and distancing. Those are still important and they’re even more important today than ever,” Wack said.