‘Super Saturday Boosterama’ This Saturday at Wheaton Mall

by Patrick Herron
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Per Montgomery County:

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021

With the holiday season approaching, Montgomery County, in partnership with Por Nuestra Salud y Bienestar and Westfield Wheaton, will be hosting a “Super Saturday Boosterama” on Saturday, Dec. 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to provide free COVID-19 boosters to shoppers. First doses for adults will also be available. No appointment is needed. Pediatric doses will not be administered at this event. The event will be held at Westfield Wheaton Mall, outside of the 2nd floor food court. Eight individuals who receive their booster or first dose vaccination at the event will be chosen at random to receive a $25 gift card to be used throughout Westfield Wheaton’s wide variety of retailers

“We know this time of year can be busy with holiday preparations,” said County Executive Marc Elrich. “As you work through your shopping list, we hope you add one more thing, a COVID-19 booster if you are eligible or a first shot of a vaccine if you haven’t received one. It’s free, it’s easy, and it’s the best gift you can give you and your family this holiday season.”

This Saturday’s Boosterama is part of a broader effort by the County to maintain its strong collective immunity during a recent increase in cases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 81 percent of Montgomery County residents are fully vaccinated, and 94 percent have received at least one dose. While vaccinations provide robust immunity against COVID-19, boosters have shown to create a more sustained protection against the virus, especially as new variants, such as Omicron, begin circulating in the United States.

“Putting our guests’ and families’ safety first is our number one priority this holiday season,” said Stuart Amos, senior general manager, Westfield Wheaton. “And while we know this time of year can be busy, we are committed to maintaining key partnerships, like Boosterama, throughout the Montgomery County community that impact the health and well-being of all of our residents.”

To date, more than 230,000 booster doses have been given at County-operated vaccination clinics. While this represents more than 20 percent of all boosters given throughout the State, it means only about half of residents that are eligible for boosters have received one. If it has been at least six months since receiving your second Pfizer or Moderna shot, or if it has been two months since you got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you are eligible for a booster.

In addition to Saturday’s Boosterama, vaccination or booster shots are widely available at locations throughout the community. Make an appointment for a booster shot or find other locations at GoVaxMoco.com.

For more information about Por Nuestra Salud Y Bienestar visit https://www.lhiinfo.org/saludybienestar/.

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