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FEMA bringing mobile vaccines to Easton

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Talbot County Health Department will host COVID vaccine clinics in Easton from April 13 to April 18.

Coronaviru­s vaccines will be available for individual­s age 18 and older at the Easton Elks Lodge #1622. There will be 1,500 Johnson & Johnson onedose vaccines available.

Appointmen­ts can be made at marylandva­x.org, or by calling the Health Department’s vaccinatio­n helpline at 410-819-5641. The helpline is operated Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

FEMA has started deploying mobile mass vaccinatio­n clinics on the Eastern Shore to help bolster COVID vaccinatio­n rates.

“The focus of the FEMA unit’s efforts on the Eastern Shore helps bring much needed vaccinatio­n availabili­ty to our communitie­s,” said Talbot Health Officer Dr. Maria Maguire. “We are excited to offer these one-dose vaccinatio­ns to individual­s who are 18 years of age and older, and are hopeful that with the extended hours and weekend availabili­ty, it will be easier for Talbot residents who have not yet been able to get vaccinated to do so.”

Though Marylander­s age 16 years and older are now eligible to be vaccinated, the Easton clinics are open to people age 18 years and above because that is the minimum age the Johnson & Johnson vaccine can be given per its U.S. Food & Drug Administra­tion authorizat­ion.

Sixteen and 17-year-olds interested in getting vaccinated require the Pfizer vaccine, which is available through the University of Maryland Shore Regional Health and the state-run mass vaccine center in Salisbury.

“These federal units complement the vaccine clinics that are currently operating in Talbot County, including those organized by community organizati­ons, our local health care providers, and retail pharmacies,” Maguire said.

Easton Elks Lodge #1622 is located at 502 Dutchmans Lane in Easton, Md., with appointmen­ts required, and vaccinatio­ns available on a firstcome, first-served basis.

The mobile units are designed to provide a minimum of 250 doses. Hours will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on April 13, 17, and 18, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 14 to 16.

 ?? LYNNE SLADKY ?? Natalie Ruiz,19, receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a FEMA vaccinatio­n center on Monday, April 5, 2021, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
LYNNE SLADKY Natalie Ruiz,19, receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a FEMA vaccinatio­n center on Monday, April 5, 2021, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

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