Meritus Health officials said they have stopped an online form that people can use to get a COVID-19 vaccination and are encouraging people to prepare for the start of a state mass vaccination. site March 25 near Hagerstown to get some shots.
People were able to fill out a form on MeritusHealth.com to receive vaccinations. But that module was removed on Friday afternoon as preparations for mass vaccination continue site at the Hagerstown Premium Outlets off South Potomac Street south of Hagerstown.
Meritus Health spokesperson Joelle Butler said Friday night that the hospital did not want to continue making a list of people who want vaccinations when they don’t know how to register for mass vaccination site will be set.
“We thought now would be a good time to quit,” Butler said.
However, people with a MyChart Patient Portal account via Meritus Health will still be able to sign up for vaccinations, Butler said.
Meritus Health issued a press release Friday that said about 60 percent of people aged 65 and over in Washington County have received at least their first stroke. People received injections through Meritus Health, the Washington County Department of Health, and a number of pharmacies in the county, Butler said.
Butler said most of these people got two hits. Those who have only received one shot will continue to be tried, but Butler said it is unclear whether the hospital and other outlets will administer the second doses or whether they will be mass vaccinated. site.
Butler said Meritus Health will continue to provide updates as the situation evolves.
In addition to those aged 65 and over, the state has designed other stages for vaccinating some individuals, such as teachers and first responders.
Butler said the hospital will continue to offer vaccinations for these individuals. He suggested that people in those classifications contact the health department for vaccinations.
Health Department spokesperson Danielle Stahl said in an email Friday afternoon that the agency is running county-wide vaccination clinics for those people.
But Stahl said the health department doesn’t have a phone number that people can use to inquire about clinics. He encouraged people to visit the county’s vaccination website at www.washco-md.net/coronavirus-info/vaccine for details.
People can also follow those in the department Facebook page for information, Stahl said.
Stahl said when the mass vaccination site opens, a telephone number will be made available to be used to make appointments for vaccinations. That information is not yet available, Stahl said.