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1,170 vaccine doses available next week in Carroll

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A mass vaccination clinic is planned for next week in Carroll with a total of 1,170 doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, according to county health officials. Residents who are older than 16 and have an increased risk of severe illness are eligible, along with those who are 65 or older or work in certain professions.

People can register for vaccine appointments starting at 9 a.m. Friday at St. Anthony Regional Hospital's website or the Carroll County Public Health page on Facebook.

The clinic is set to be held April 1 in the Westgate Mall at the former Edge 2 and Christopher & Banks stores. It will run from noon to 8 p.m.

A follow-up clinic that will provide a second dose of the vaccine is set for April 22.

Residents between the ages of 16 and 64 are eligible if they have one or more existing medical conditions that include:

— Cancer

— Chronic kidney disease

— COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)

— Down Syndrome

— Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies

— Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant

— Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)

— Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)

— Pregnancy

— Sickle cell disease

— Smoking

— Type 2 diabetes mellitus

— Asthma (moderate-to-severe)

— Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)

— Cystic fibrosis

— Hypertension or high blood pressure

— Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines

— Neurologic conditions, such as dementia

— Liver disease

— Overweight (BMI > 25 kg/m2, but < 30 kg/m2)

— Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)

— Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)

— Type 1 diabetes mellitus

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