BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore will open a new vaccination site at Baltimore City Community College starting January 25.
The current site at the Under Armour campus in Port Covington will stop at the end of the month. Mayor Brandon Scott said the goal is to make the vaccination site more transit friendly and accessible to city residents.READ MORE: Adult Entertainment Resumes In Baltimore Friday Afternoon After City Agrees To Lift COVID Restriction
“I want to thank Under Armour for the support they have provided thus far in vaccinating people who live and work in Baltimore,” said Mayor Brandon M. Scott. “I am excited to begin a partnership with Dr. Debra McCurdy and her team at BCCC. As this new vaccination site is on several bus routes and is located two blocks from the Metro station at Mondawmin Mall, BCCC offers more access for city residents who rely on public transit.”
Starting Wednesday, the Maryland Access Point will expand its capacity to walk older adults in Priority 1A and 1B who lack internet access through the registration process for a vaccination appointment.
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Vaccine appointments can currently only be made online. The Baltimore City MAP can be reached by phone at 410-396-2273 (CARE). Those older adults in Priority Groups 1A and 1B with internet access are encouraged to “pre-register” for appointments at this website.
“As it stands, the current use of an internet only appointment system promotes an inequitable distribution of vaccines by funneling appointments through internet access,” Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa said.READ MORE: 'We Cannot Accept This': Teens Shot In Baltimore Thursday Still In Hospital, One In Grave Condition; Police Following Leads
The City Health department has vaccinated 4,373 people so far as of Wednesday morning.
In Baltimore County, you can call 3-1-1. They are asking people to make an appointment online first before calling.
Long lines of people waited to get their shot at the Timonium Fairgrounds on Wednesday.
This week, Baltimore County is planning to give out about 9,000 doses. Officials say, ideally, they would be vaccinating anywhere from 20,000-30,000 people every week.
“It obviously presents a major challenge. We have so many people who really want the vaccine at this particular time, but we just don’t have the amount of vaccine that we really want for all those people,” Baltimore County Health Officer Dr. Gregory Branch said.
Gov. Larry Hogan says the state currently has a shortage of 2.5 million vaccine doses but is hopeful that newly elected President Joe Biden will give states millions more.MORE NEWS: WATCH LIVE: Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott To Hold COVID-19 News Conference