WYE MILLS — As Maryland’s Eastern Shore vaccine supplies increase, so have vaccination opportunities around the Mid-Shore.
“Our vaccine clinics at Chesapeake College and Shore Medical Center at Dorchester are going extremely well, and we’re especially pleased to see more than 150 teens signed up for the Pfizer vaccine,” said University of Maryland Shore Regional Health’s regional pharmacy director Kevin Chapple in a news release.
Pfizer is currently the only vaccine approved for 16- and 17-year olds with parental or guardian consent as well as for adults.
“We’re hopeful that as they get vaccinated, more of their peers will follow suit,” Chapple said.
One of the first locals to receive the shot was David Lumb, of Stevensville.
“It was quick and easy,” Lumb said in the release. “Getting vaccinated was important for me so I can be protected. I can protect my friends and family, and then finally start going out again whenever we’re able to.”
UM Shore Regional Health also offers vaccinations at UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Easton, but those appointments tend to fill up quickly.
Detailed information about local vaccination sites and registration can be found online at www.umms.org/shore/coronavirus/ get-vaccine.
Including vaccines provided to the regional health care network’s employees, providers and volunteers, and those offered through mobile vaccination clinics at employment sites and community organizations around the Mid-Shore region, the UM Shore Regional Health vaccination team has reportedly administered more than 11,000 vaccines — including first and second doses — since January.
“I am both proud of and grateful to our pharmacy team and our outstanding volunteers for their amazing work in helping to protect the health of our community,” said Dr. William H. Huffner, chief medical officer and senior vice president for Medical Affairs. “With the incidence of COVID-19 on the rise again in Maryland, we are encouraging everyone in our region who has so far been reluctant to get themselves vaccinated to register online, roll up their sleeve and get the shots.”