Montgomery Update: Third Dose Now Available to Immunocompromised Residents

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August 26, 2021 | Bookmark and Share
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A Message from County Executive Marc Elrich

County Executive Marc Elrich

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich provides an update on COVID-19 and also implements a County government-wide requirement for County employees to provide proof of vaccination. He discusses Montgomery County Public Schools' plans for the first week of full in-class instruction along with an update on the School Resource Officer program. County Executive Elrich congratulates his new climate change officer and ends with his condolences for the people affected by the tragedy at the Plum Gar Recreation Center as well as means to help those who were devastated by the recent earthquake in Haiti.


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Additional Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine Available to Residents with Compromised Immune Systems

Pfizer vaccine

People with compromised immune systems are now able to receive a third additional dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines at locations throughout Montgomery County, including local pharmacies, doctors’ offices and County-operated clinics. People with a range of conditions, such as organ transplant or stem cell recipients, people with untreated or advance HIV infection, people currently receiving cancer treatment, people who are taking medications that weaken the immune system, and others. 

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MDOT SHA Set to Begin Ramp Metering on Southbound I-270

I-270 innovative congestion management project

In an effort to relieve congestion on I-270, the Maryland Department of Transportation has installed a ramp metering system. Ramp-metering uses sensors that detect real-time traffic conditions and activates traffic signals to more efficiently control traffic merging onto the highway to minimize delays and reduce congestion. Ramp metering signals will have the capability to operate between 4 a.m. and 11 p.m. daily and are anticipated to be active during peak-traffic hours and when sensors detect congestion on I-270.


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Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School Program Encourages Parents to Organize ‘Walking School Buses’

walking school bus

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to Schools program aims to provide a safe and fun way for children to get physical activity as they travel to and from school with adult supervision.


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Candidate Public Financing Questions Will Now be Answered by OCP

public election fund

Designated by the County Council as the County’s “Public Election Fund Liaison,” the County’s Office of Consumer Protection is the place for candidates or residents to direct their questions about the program of matching funds.


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It's National Dog Day; Pick Up After Your Pet

picking dog poop

What’s the big deal about scooping dog poop? It’s natural. It makes great fertilizer. Rain will wash it away. And wild dogs poop in the woods, right? No! These are myths – except the one about wild dogs, of course. Take a look at this story on why it’s important to pick up after your pup.

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If You Know a Deserving Veteran Who Needs a Car, ‘Keys to Progress’ May Be Able to Help

keys to progress

They have served our County and country honorably; and some of them could use a hand, or a key. Since 2013, Progressive Insurance has been honoring veterans with vehicle donations through the Keys to Progress® veteran vehicle giveaway program.


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Pocket Pet Palooza Continues

pocket pet palooza

The Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center (MCASAC) operated by the Montgomery County Office of Animal Services is waiving adoption fees for all small animals like rabbits and guinea pigs in a special promotion through Saturday, Aug. 28. MCASAC’s “Pocket Pet Palooza” is being co-sponsored by the nonprofit organization Montgomery County Partners for Animal Well-Being.


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Friendship Picnic in September Save the Date

friendship picnic

Stand up against hate. Sit down for a meal. The Montgomery County Friendship Picnic takes place Sunday, Sept. 19 from noon – 5 p.m. at the Wheaton Regional Park. The free event brings people of diverse cultures and faiths together to make new friends and discuss ways to build a stronger community.


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Commission for Women Presents Seminars on the Legal Process of Separation and Divorce

separation and divorce

It can be a devastatingly frightening and uncertain time in a relationship with many unforeseen challenges. The Montgomery County Commission for Women and the Family Law Section are here to help.


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August Online Workshops for Job Seekers 

job seekers

Free online workshops and one-on-one sessions geared toward assisting job seekers and entrepreneurs are being offered virtually throughout August. The program is sponsored by Montgomery County Public Libraries.  


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10 New Public Murals Celebrate Reopening the Arts! #ArtHappensHere

call for artists

To encourage residents and visitors to reengage with the creative sector and return to their favorite cultural events, venues, and pastimes, eight local artists installed 10 temporary murals across Montgomery County promoting the safe reopening of the local creative economy and cultural industry.


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Montgomery Parks Extends Open Parkways for Labor Day Weekend; Announces Operating Hours

montgomery parks M-NCPPC

 Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, announces Labor Day operating hours, including extending its Open Parkways through Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 7 a.m., for the holiday weekend. 


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