From the Office of Council Member Tom Dernoga March 2021
Updated: Mar 28
COVID-19 Vaccine Updates.
Currently Prince Georges County is providing free-of-charge COVID vaccinations to any citizen over the age of 65. Our office has received many calls from constituents who are having trouble getting scheduled for a vaccination. One of the significant challenges is that there are multiple sources of the COVID-19 vaccine – none of them are coordinated with each other so you must sign up on each waiting list.
Prince George’s County Sites: To receive a COVID-19 vaccination from the Prince George’s County Health Department, you must fill out a Pre-Registration form. The Health Department screens the applications for eligibility and then contacts you to schedule an appointment. The form is on-line at https://covid19vaccination.princegeorgescountymd.gov/ or you can call 311 and press # to have someone help you register.
The County is providing vaccinations at Cheverly Health Department, Sports and Learning Center (Landover), and Bock Center (Ft. Washington) and the Laurel Beltsville Senior Activity Center (effective Feb. 17). Appointments for all the County sites are done through the pre-registration. When you are contacted you may not get the site of your choosing.
State of Maryland Sites: The State of Maryland also is operating multiple vaccine clinics. The state-run facility at Six Flags in Largo is the closest to Beltsville. The State of Maryland site, www.Marylandvax.org, provides a list of all state-run sites. You may sign up for any location. Appointments come and go so you need to check regularly filling out the form each time you log in.
Local Drug Stores: Each store uses its own method. You must go to each one to look for appointments.
Hospital Sites: Several hospitals are also offering the vaccine including Doctor’s Hospital in Lanham, Adventist Hospital, Holy Cross Hospital, and the University of Maryland Medical System. You must check with each one.
Prince Georges County Public School (PGCPS) System
FY2022 School Board Budget: Work is underway on the FY2022 Prince George’s County School Budget. The school board held several public hearings earlier this week. If you were unable to attend or speak, I wanted to reassure you that there will be more opportunities to be heard. The County Council will hold two budget hearings in April and May. The budget timeline as available at https://offices.pgcps.org/budget/index.aspx?id=303617. A copy of the full proposed budget can be found at https://offices.pgcps.org/budget/index.aspx?id=335342
School Boundary Initiative: If you were unable to attend a meeting during Phase I and want to learn more about the Boundary Initiative, you may view a recording of a public meeting or browse the presentation slides. They are available on the PGCPS web site at https://www.pgcps.org/about-pgcps/boundary.
To keep up with all development in District 1, my office keeps an active spreadsheet which you may access at https://bit.ly/D1development.
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