By CBS Baltimore Staff

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (WJZ) — Howard County officials said Monday that 95% of residents age 12 and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 88.5% of eligible residents are fully vaccinated.

“Our message has been clear: to Stay COVID Safe, get vaccinated,” said Howard County Executive Calvin Ball. “This milestone is not by accident; our team of community partners and organizations are having the important conversations with our residents and emphasizing how critical getting vaccinated is to protect yourself and loved ones.”

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With winter and more indoor gatherings approaching, Ball said county officials will keep working to administer more doses.

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“We are determined to reach every eligible resident and encourage vaccination as other COVID-19 variants continue to be a concern,” Ball said.

According to CDC data, Howard County has reported 163 cases over the last seven days, a rate 50.05 cases per 100,000 residents.

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Since the start of the pandemic, Howard County has had 22,953 total cases and 267 residents have died, according to the county’s COVID-19 website.

CBS Baltimore Staff