Following the approval late yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Baltimore County is moving forward with plans to get the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine into the arms of its approximately 67,000 residents aged 5 to 11.
The Department of Health will begin administering the vaccine this week with clinics scheduled for both Friday and Saturday, November 5 and 6.
“I know parents across Baltimore County – myself included – are breathing a sigh of relief knowing we can give our children the critical protection provided by the vaccine,” said County Executive Johnny Olszewski. “Our staff have been working diligently to prepare for this next phase of our vaccination effort, a critical step toward safely getting our kids back to all the things they’ve been missing.”
“We have received 8,700 doses of the pediatric vaccine in our initial allocation for use as first and second doses,” said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Baltimore County Health Officer. “This latest approval by the FDA and the CDC helps bring us closer to protecting the entire family against COVID.”
The County has secured a new space for large clinics at the former Sears building at the White Marsh Mall (8200 Perry Hall Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21236).
The November 5 and 6 clinics will be held at this new location, on Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The clinics are part of the County’s three-pronged approach for vaccinating this population, including partnering with pediatricians and family physicians; working with the public school system; and mounting family clinics that are free, accessible and convenient.
“BCPS is pleased to continue to partner with the Baltimore County Department of Health to support COVID vaccine efforts, by providing staff and use of our facilities, to ensure that COVID shots are readily available for our 5-11 year olds,” said Dr. Darryl L. Williams, Public Schools Superintendent.
Beginning Friday, each of the Baltimore County vaccine clinics will serve individuals 5 and over looking to receive the pediatric vaccine, as well as those 12 and older looking for first, second, or third doses of the Moderna or the Pfizer vaccine.
Appointments are required to receive service.
You may schedule appointments at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/vaccine or by calling the COVID-19 Hotline at 410-887-3816.