Updated Vaccine Priority Groups in MoCo

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Updated Vaccine Priority Groups in MoCo

Montgomery County provided an update on vaccine priority groups today.

Per MoCo:

“Based on current levels of vaccine received, we expect to move to Phase 1A, Tier 3, over the next 7 to 10 days. We expect to reach Phase 1B in February 2021.

Progress through the tiers depends on the vaccine deliveries we receive from the State of Maryland and the federal government.”

Tier 1

*** We are currently in this tier. ***

Hospital systems are responsible for vaccine administration to hospital-based healthcare workers. The CDC’s Pharmacy Partnership is coordinating the distribution and administration of vaccination in congregant living facilities.

  • Hospital personnel
  • * Long-Term Care Facilities – staff & residents
  • * Developmental Disability Administration group homes
  • * Assisted Living Facilities
  • * Residential Rehabilitation Programs

* via pharmacy partnership

 

Tier 2

*** We are currently in this tier. ***

Populations with frequent exposure to individuals with known COVID-19 and/or providing services essential to the maintenance of public health and healthcare systems during the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes populations unable to work from home and unable to control social distancing.

  • EMS
  • Vaccinators (Local Heath Departments, school nurse, etc.)
  • Testing sites – testers/onsite registration
  • Public Health – COVID response
  • Urgent care
  • Primary care

Tier 3

*** We have started this tier. ***

Populations with risk of exposure to individuals with suspected COVID-19 and/or providing services essential to the maintenance of public health and health care systems during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Includes populations that may be unable to work from home and unable to control social distancing.

  • Dental practices
  • Pharmacists
  • Other health care professionals (e.g., outpatient specialties, optometrists, physical therapists, podiatrists, community health workers, in-home nursing staff)
  • Detention Center staff
  • Homeless shelter staff
  • Law enforcement (patrol/public-facing)
  • Fire rescue
  • 9-1-1 dispatchers
  • Behavioral health (non-telehealth) – e.g., residential/recovery
  • School nurses (non-vaccine/non-testers)
  • Lab workers
  • Morticians/funeral home staff
  • Surgical centers
  • Other providers licensed by Maryland Department of Health

Priority 1B

Tier 1

Adults age 75 and older

Tier 2

Front-line essential workers hold critical jobs essential to the functioning of society and have potential occupational exposure to individuals with COVID-19. A subset of frontline essential workers has the highest risk for potential exposure as they are unable to work from home or control social distancing.

  • Public transit workers (e.g. transport for seniors and persons with disabilities)
  • Education sector (teachers & support staff)
  • Child care workers
  • Food and agricultural workers
  • Postal service workers
  • Grocery store workers
  • Individuals experiencing homelessness
  • Individuals in detainee centers

Tier 3

Front-line essential workers hold critical jobs essential to the functioning of society and have potential occupational exposure to individuals with COVID-19. A subset of frontline essential workers has the highest risk for potential exposure as they are unable to work from home and may be unable to control social distancing.

  • Manufacturing workers

Priority 1C

Tier 1

Adults age 65-74

Tier 2

Populations with high-risk medical conditions have a significantly increased risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19. Nearly 90% of persons hospitalized for COVID-19 have an underlying medical condition.

  • Adults 16(18)-64 years old with medical conditions

High-risk medical conditions include:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Heart conditions
  • Immunocompromised state
  • Obesity/Severe obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Smoking
  • Type 2 Diabetes, Type 1 Diabetes
  • Asthma (moderate-severe)
  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Hypertension or High Blood pressure
  • Immunocompromised conditions (from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, prolonged use of corticosteroids or other immunosuppressive medication)
  • Dementia, ALS, other neurologic issues
  • Liver disease
  • Pulmonary disease
  • Thalassemia

Tier 3

Other attributes that put people at significantly higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness include living and working in congregate settings, experiencing homelessness, living in an area with a high rate of transmission, and working in an industry with a high rate of transmission.

  • Essential workers not previously in Phase 1A or Phase 1B
  • Transportation & logistics
  • Water and wastewater
  • Food service
  • Shelter & housing (e.g., construction)
  • Finance (e.g., banks)
  • IT & Communications
  • Energy
  • Legal (state’s attorneys, public defenders, judiciary)
  • Media
  • Public Safety (e.g., engineers)
  • Public health workers – non-COVID response
  • Social & Human Services (Aging, DSS, Human Services) – field/in-home services
  • Continuity of government (elected officials)
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2 Comments on "Updated Vaccine Priority Groups in MoCo"

  1. If kids are not going back to school until September(anyone believe otherwise) then public schoolteachers and school nurses should be pushed to the back of the line.

    Kids are not going back this year.

  2. Deandra McMullen | January 13, 2021 at 12:07 am | Reply

    What about salon workers/barbers ? Are they not considered high risk group? They serve the general public including healthcare personnel, military and the elderly. They along with grocery store workers should be in the front of the line!! This tier list is all out of whack.

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