Meritus workers get vaccine

HAGERSTOWN, MD—After nine months of sickness, shutdowns, and unrelenting viral surges, some relief has come to Washington County, according to county officials.

On Friday, Dec. 18, the first round of COVID-19 vaccinations were administered at Meritus Health.

Frontline healthcare workers at Meritus Health received the Pfizer vaccine this morning after 975 doses arrived at the hospital on Thursday.

The rollout comes less than a week after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the vaccine for emergency use for Americans over the age of 16.

Pfizer, which produced the vaccine alongside German company BioNTech, began shipping the doses from its Michigan warehouse directly to sites pre-selected by governors and local health officials.

Meritus Health was a pre-selected site for vaccine distribution.

Even with the vaccine administered I the county, officials are reminding residents to consider virtual holiday gatherings, online shopping, curbside pick-up and only gathering with those in your own household.

In addition, everyone is urged to wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth, wash your hands and watch your distance.