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Statement of Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich on County's High COVID-19 Vaccination Rate

For Immediate Release: Monday 11 October

I am proud to report that Montgomery County continues to lead the National Capital Region and the State of Maryland in COVID-19 vaccination rates. According to the most recent CDC data, on Friday we crossed over the 800,000 threshold of fully vaccinated residents. The CDC also reported that 99.1 percent of the eligible population—age 12 and over—of Montgomery County has been vaccinated with at least one dose.  These vaccination rates are the highest in the nation for communities with more than 300,000 residents. In addition to our high vaccination rates, our test positivity rate and case rates are one of the lowest in Maryland.

I want to thank the people of Montgomery County for believing the science and doing their part to slow the spread of this vicious virus. Our high vaccination rates have been the key to minimizing the number of deaths and hospitalizations in the County during the Delta wave. Despite this good news, we must recognize that our County is not on an island, and we can’t stop doing what we know works. The data is clear that our best defense against COVID is people who are vaccinated. So, if you have not been vaccinated, please get your shot. Every person who gets their shot puts us one step closer to winning the fight against COVID.

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Release ID: 21-027