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PHOTO RELEASE: MDH Secretary Schrader and partners from UMMS visit Mondawmin Mall vaccination and testing eventBaltimore, MD
– Maryland Department of Health (MDH) Secretary Dennis R. Schrader today visited a vaccination and testing clinic at Mondawmin Mall in West Baltimore to highlight the expansion of vaccination and testing opportunities for Marylanders during this holiday season. Secretary Schrader was joined by Dr. Chuck Callahan from the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), partners in operating the clinic.
Today's visit marks the opening of a series of clinics at Mondawmin Mall offering Pfizer vaccines for Marylanders 5 and older. These clinics also offer rapid COVID-19 testing and PCR testing on site. Additionally, free BinaxNOW at-home test kits
are available for residents to pick up for their families, while supplies last.
“With the arrival of the Omicron variant and the holiday season, it has never been more important to protect yourself, your family, and your children by vaccinating and boosting," said Secretary Schrader. “We are proud to continue to partner with UMMS to offer accessible vaccination opportunities like this as well as free testing for anyone who wants it."
MDH Secretary Dennis R. Schrader and Dr. Charles Callahan from UMMS toured the Mondawmin Mall vaccination and testing clinics.
Today's clinic is part of MDH's efforts to expand vaccine and testing access across the state, particularly in vulnerable communities.
Additional clinics at Mondawmin Mall will be held tomorrow (December 5), January 8, and January 9. Each clinic will take place from noon to 5 p.m.
“UMMS is proud of our continued partnership with the Maryland Department of Health to increase availability of COVID-19 testing and vaccination to the residents of Baltimore," said Charles W. Callahan, DO, VP of Population Health at the University of Maryland Medical Center. “The pandemic is not over, and we are seeing an expected increase in cases with the colder weather. We encourage everyone to take the right steps to protect themselves and their loved ones this holiday season."
Pfizer vaccines for ages 5 and older are
administered in private treatment rooms inside the mall.Vaccinations take place inside the mall, near Planet Fitness. COVID-19 testing is being conducted outside, via a mobile testing van in the Lot C parking lot, to keep potentially infectious people separate from those wanting vaccinations or boosters.
Free BinaxNOW Antigen Self Test kits are available for pick-up at the clinics.
The timing of the clinics was planned to coincide with Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and other winter holidays. January clinics offer testing for those who have been in holiday gatherings and continued vaccination services for everyone over age 5.
Walk-ups are welcome for all testing and vaccination clinics. However, anyone wishing to schedule a vaccination appointment for tomorrow's clinic can do so here
. If you wish to make a testing appointment, click here