The nation’s first federal mobile vaccination clinics are set to launch on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, offering expanded access to COVID-19 vaccines for people who live in remote or underserved areas.
Gov. Larry Hogan and the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced the two mobile sites in a news release Monday. The release did not provide a timeline for when the mobile vaccination sites will begin offering shots.
The 32-foot trailers are designed to provide at least 250 COVID-19 vaccines per day and include cold storage for doses, space for staff and administrative materials and generators.
The mobile sites will specifically target workers in manufacturing and food processing plants on the Eastern Shore, especially those working in poultry processing plants; minority and migrant populations and people who may not have the ability to travel to a fixed vaccination site; and people living in small towns and enclaves on the shore.
People interested in getting vaccinated at one of these sites should do so through their county health department.
FEMA is operating the units with staff from county, state and federal agencies, according to the news release.
The federal mobile vaccination units will join a push to expand vaccine access throughout the state.
Hogan has also announced plans for another six mass vaccination sites, primarily in central Maryland. And he visited Hagerstown Premium Outlets last week for the opening of Washington County’s mass vaccination site.