Thursday, April 1, 2021
William Carter, WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5
Each Baltimore Metropolis resident 16 and up is now capable of pre-register for COVID-19 vaccines on a streamlined on-line platform, metropolis officers introduced Thursday.
Town traded within the state-backed PrepMod platform for one developed in cooperation with Microsoft.
“There are not separate kinds for separate populations, we at the moment are utilizing one kind to pre-register all metropolis residents,” Well being Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa mentioned at a information convention. “In case you have already registered with us, you don’t want to make use of the brand new portal. You’re already on our listing.”
Dzirasa mentioned they’re planning to determine a manner for residents with out web entry to pre-register. Pre-registration shouldn’t be the identical factor as making an appointment. There may be additionally no rush to enroll. Metropolis officers are reaching out to residents based mostly on metropolis priorities, together with folks with developmental disabilities or underlying well being circumstances that depart them susceptible to extreme sickness.
As of Thursday, 14% of metropolis residents are absolutely vaccinated, together with 20% of residents 60 and up. Although case numbers are on the rise, Dzirasa mentioned a better have a look at the info reveals that since early March, the weekly COVID-19 incidence fee amongst residents 70 and up was for the primary time the bottom amongst all age teams.
“What this means is that vaccines work,” she mentioned.
On the similar time, she and Mayor Brandon Scott urged residents to proceed to watch preventative measures as Easter weekend approaches, even when they’ve been vaccinated. Early analysis reveals that the British variant of COVID-19 carries a better danger of extreme sickness and loss of life.
“You aren’t invincible. you possibly can find yourself on a ventilator simply as your grandmother and grandfather,” Scott mentioned. “We all know the climate’s getting higher however it’s not the time to be reckless, it is not the time to be silly, to be fairly frank, in unsafe methods.”
Scott mentioned he didn’t suppose the latest information of a mishap at Emergent BioSolutions’ Baltimore plant would have an effect on enthusiasm for COVID-19 vaccines typically or Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine specifically.
“I believe that it is unlucky. we all know that anytime you may have human involvement in one thing there’s going to be human error,” Scott mentioned. “As somebody who truly obtained the J&J vaccine and is aware of it is secure, I am simply going to let folks know that it’s.”