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    Maryland Department of Health Secretary Dennis R. Schrader Visits Montgomery County Nursing Home Vaccine Clinic 

    Baltimore, MD—Today, Maryland Department of Health (MDH) Secretary Dennis R. Schrader was at Friends House Retirement Community in Sandy Spring, Montgomery County, as he continues to visit vaccination clinics across the state.  

    “It was important to have seen today’s vaccination activities at Friends House Retirement Community up close and personal as we continue to vaccinate our older adult population throughout the state,” said Maryland Department of Health Secretary Dennis R. Schrader.  “It is these direct partnerships that are part of our ground game that is enabling congregate care settings to get even closer to breathing a sigh of relief in the face of this pandemic.”

    Secretary Schrader visited Friends House Retirement Community for the senior assisted living facility’s third vaccination clinic. In partnership with the Maryland Department of Health, Friends House has vaccinated 320 residents and staff.

    Vaccinating Maryland’s 65+ population remains a top priority. To date, Maryland has fully vaccinated 73.3 percent of residents 65 and older and 83.9 percent of residents 65 and older have received at least one dose.


    Secretary Schrader, Dr. Melissa Welch, DNP, FNP-BC, MDH Director of Community and Facility Initiative, and Mr. Philip Burkhold, Chief Executive Officer, Friends House Retirement Community



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