As vaccine rollout increases, many eligible community members go to White Oak Recreation Center to get the one of the first doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Here, volunteers stand outside the Rec Center acting as "flow" - greeting and directing people into the building.
A line forms outside of the station where recipients have to confirm their appointment with the volunteers running the vaccination clinic. According to the County, about 22.9% of Montgomery County residents have already received their first dose of the vaccine.
Daisy Lukos (pictured above) is the immunization nurse manager for Montgomery County. Lukos is an integral part of creating vaccination sites and ensuring the vaccines are distributed efficiently. Her work consists of “creating clinics for all the locations in Montgomery County, working with the different organizations and giving them education on how to vaccinate, giving them the vaccine and instruction on how to manage the vaccine while it's going to different sites.”
The gymnasium of the White Oak Recreation Center has been turned into the vaccination room. Qualifying residents of Montgomery County come to this room after checking in in order to receive their shots.
An eligible Montgomery County resident receives their first dose of the vaccine. Montgomery County as a whole is currently working on vaccinating group 1C which includes, but is not limited to, “health care providers, 75 and older individuals, and mcps officials” says Lukos. How many people get vaccinated daily depends on the vaccine allotment that the country gives to each vaccination site. At the moment, vaccinations are not open to the public and individuals in priority groups are invited to sign up for appointments.
A nurse holds up a vial of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Unlike the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, which require a second booster shot, Johnson and Johnson is a single-dose shot that is shown to protect against Covid-19.
After receiving the vaccine, one must wait for 15 minutes to ensure that no allergic reactions occur. Here, a nurse is checking in on a patient who complained of having symptoms directly after receiving the vaccine. According to Johnson and Johnson, general symptoms include "headache, feeling very tired, muscle aches, nausea, fever" and that the likelihood of a severe reaction to the vaccine is "remote".
A sign is seen placed against in an unused hallway at the White Oak Rec Center. At this vaccination site, 800 appointments were made by those eligible to get the vaccine. Currently everybody is allowed to complete the registration process. You can pre-register for the vaccine at cornavirus.maryland.gov/pages/vaccine.
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