February 5, 2021 —While we wait for further information regarding the COVID-19 vaccination clinics for Independent Living residents, we wanted to provide an update on what we do know so far.
We would like to emphasize:
- We will continue to protect ourselves and our Community with COVID-19 precautions even after residents and team members are vaccinated, per the recommendations from the CDC.
- The following plans are subject to change as additional information becomes available.
State of Maryland Vaccination Plan
On Tuesday, January 6th, Governor Hogan updated Maryland’s COVID-19 vaccination plan.
As indicated in the above diagram from the Office of Governor Larry Hogan’s website, the state continues to progress through Phase 1A. This phase has expanded to include priority populations including all licensed, registered, and certified healthcare providers. Local health departments are working with providers to get this accomplished. Soon correctional officers, law enforcement agencies and front-line judiciary staff will also be vaccinated within this phase. Phase 1A includes over 500,00 Marylanders.
Collington’s team members, and Creighton Center residents, rehab partners, physicians and private duty aides were included in Phase 1A. Of this group, more than 171 persons received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at the CVS vaccination clinic on December 26th. The second dose vaccination clinic for those in this group, will be held on Saturday, January 16th. Information, consent forms and instructions for the clinic was shared with eligible persons this week. Team
members who did not receive the first dose vaccination at the December vaccination clinic will have the opportunity to receive their first dose at the January 16th vaccination clinic.
This phase has been expanded to include all Marylanders age 75 and older, special needs group homes, high-risk inmates, developmentally disabled populations, continuity of government vaccinations, teachers, childcare and education staff. Based on the current rate of allocation, it is expected that Maryland will begin phase 1B at the end of January. Phase 1B includes an estimated 860,000 Marylanders.
We believe that Collington’s Independent Living residents will be included in Phase 1B, but we do not have confirmation on that yet. We keep updated daily about the distribution plans and are in regular communication with LeadingAge Maryland, local and state Department of Health, Kendal Corporation and Department of Aging to get all current information so we can share that with the Community.
Phase 1C will include Marylanders age 65-74, workers in other critical sectors, including grocery stores, public transit, agriculture production, and manufacturing. Phase 1C is estimated to include 772,000 Marylanders and is expected to begin in early March.
Phase 2 will include Marylanders ages 16-64 who are at increased risk of COVID19 due to comorbidities, as well as essential workers in critical utilities and other sectors. Phase 2 includes an estimated 1.1 million Marylanders and does not currently have an estimated start date.
Statewide Update on Vaccinations
According to Governor Hogan’s website, the state successfully allocated and deployed 270,150 doses of the COVID-19 vaccinations representing 98.7% of all the doses that the federal government has allotted to the state of Maryland. According to the Maryland Department of Health, the state has conducted 76,916 vaccinations, including a single-date record of 11,553 this past Monday.
Beginning today, the Maryland National Guard will dispatch emergency support teams to assist local health departments with their vaccination clinics. Also issued was an executive order requiring providers to report data of vaccinations administered within 24 hours.
The state also adopted a rolling vaccine allocation model where it will not wait for all the members of a particular group to get vaccinated before moving on the next group in line.
COVID-19 at Collington Update
As of today, the state’s positivity rate is at 9.44% with 3,146 new cases in Maryland confirmed within the past 24 hours. Hospitalizations are at 1,862. Prince George’s County has had 57,286 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic has started.
Collington currently remains in outbreak status, meaning that we still have active cases of COVID-19 on our campus. We will continue to share the COVID-19 dashboard in the weekly Courier. We ask all residents and team members to stay vigilant in following our health bundle- wearing a mask, washing your hands, physical distancing, staying home if not feeling well and keep a journal of any interactions to help with contact tracing.
The state of Maryland remains under a travel advisory and we continue to urge residents to postpone travel, and to leave campus only for essential reasons and limit in person gatherings when possible. The number of persons able to gather indoors at one time remains at 10 and Prince George’s County remains under a mask mandate that includes wearing a mask even when outdoors.
The final leg of our long journey is still ahead of us, but we have a great community of committed residents, team members and health professionals, and have adequate personal protective equipment on hand.
Thank you for all you have done through this pandemic and for staying vigilant through the fight ahead of us!
Below is a list of some information websites regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and COVID-19.
Thank you and be safe,
Ann Gillespie, CEO
Megan Barbour, COO
Hope Nevins, Health Services Administrator