13th Mass Vaccination Site Opens In Maryland At The Mall In Columbia

The Lord & Taylor which closed as a result of the pandemic, now has a new life saving mission to vaccinate Marylanders.

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- And the state opens its 13th and final mass vaccination site as Maryland nears two million people that have now been fully vaccinated. So let's get to the map. There is a mass vaccination site from the mountains to the Eastern shore.

The newest addition at the mall in Columbia. That is where we find Ava-joye Burnett tonight with more on the state's plan to vaccinate at least 80% of the population. Ava-joye.

AVA-JOYE BURNETT: Hi Rick. While rows and rows of shopping here at the mall in Columbia have now been transformed into a massive mass vaccination site and the location here isn't the only one that opened up today. Even before the sun came up, the mall in Columbia was on hundreds of to do lists.

- I think I was more nervous about not waking up for my appointment on time.

AVA-JOYE BURNETT: Not for shopping, but instead, to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

RICHARD MA: My wife already got her first and my son will got his first shot. So I'm last one.

AVA-JOYE BURNETT: The Lord & Taylor, which closed because of the pandemic, now has a new lifesaving mission, to vaccinate Marylanders.

CALVIN BALL: We are the prime location for the state to ensure that not only do our residents continue to have access to vaccine, but everyone who comes to the mall in Columbia.

AVA-JOYE BURNETT: This is the state's 13th and final mass vaccination location, but more sites will continue to come online. One opened up at Morgan State University. It's part of the state's Vaccine Equity Task Force, a plan to reach people in every community.

- And that's why bringing it into the communities helps. Because then it becomes my convenient.

AVA-JOYE BURNETT: Nearly two million people are now fully vaccinated in Maryland.

LINDA HASSAN: Everybody needs to be getting vaccinated. It's a civic duty, I believe.

AVA-JOYE BURNETT: And the site at the mall in Columbia, which is open to anyone 16 and over, will help boost the state's vaccination rates.

MAURA ROSSMAN: If we are all collectively going to bring this pandemic to a close, we all who are able to get vaccinated need to get the vaccine.

AVA-JOYE BURNETT: And just a reminder for everyone, you still need to go online and register at this site here. Even though they got about 1,000 people vaccinated today, the health officer still cautioned there are about 80,000 people in Howard County who still haven't signed up. Live tonight, Ava-joye Burnett for WJZ.