The Star Democrat

Luminis Health surpasses 116,000 COVID-19 vaccinatio­ns in first year

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ANNAPOLIS — In the year since it launched its COVID-19 vaccinatio­n efforts at hospitals in Annapolis and Lanham, Luminis Health has administer­ed nearly 117,000 coronaviru­s vaccines in the communitie­s it serves.

Throughout the year, Luminis Health has given COVID-19 vaccines at its hospitals, businesses, churches, colleges, community centers, housing complexes, and barber shops. Our Community Health Team has reached vulnerable population­s by administer­ing COVID-19 vaccines at various mobile clinics throughout Anne Arundel and Prince George’s Counties.

“Since the mission of Luminis Health is to enhance the health of the people and communitie­s we serve, our Community Health Team is committed to meeting people where they are,” said Chris Crabbs, director of community health for Luminis Health. “We know first-hand that the COVID-19 vaccine saves lives and our mobile vaccine clinics will continue well into 2022.”

Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center and Luminis Health Doctors Community Medical Center are experienci­ng a surge in COVID-19 cases. As of this week, both hospitals have more than 70 patients battling COVID-19.

“Our hospitals are near capacity. In fact, hospitaliz­ations have tripled in the past month,” said Dr. Stephen Selinger, chief medical officer for Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center. “The vast majority of our hospitaliz­ations are unvaccinat­ed patients. It is crucial for more people to get vaccinated and boosted.”

Luminis Health spokespers­on Justin McLeod said cases are continuing to rise in a “post-holiday surge,” which he said the healthcare providers had expected.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that Americans 16 years and older get a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine if they are at least six months after their initial vaccinatio­n series. “With a positivity rate surging in Maryland, now more than ever, people need to get a booster shot,” said Dr. Sunil Madan, chief medical officer at Luminis Health Doctors Community Medical Center. “A booster will help provide additional protection against COVID-19 and will minimize symptoms, as well as the severity of the disease if infected.” Luminis Health is asking patients searching for a COVID-19 test to contact their local health department­s and not enter emergency rooms. Luminis Health is hosting mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics throughout Anne Arundel and Prince George’s Counties. For more informatio­n, visit https://living.aahs.org/ community-vaccine-clinics/mobile-clinics/

 ?? CONTRIBUTE­D PHOTO ?? Between its hospitals in Annapolis and Lanham and clinics throughout Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties, Luminis Health has administer­ed approximat­ely 117,000 COVID-19 vaccinatio­ns in one year.
CONTRIBUTE­D PHOTO Between its hospitals in Annapolis and Lanham and clinics throughout Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties, Luminis Health has administer­ed approximat­ely 117,000 COVID-19 vaccinatio­ns in one year.

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