Bringing Care to Those in Need: Meritus Health Mobile Clinic Visits 90 Locations, 15 Zip Codes in the Past Six Months

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Since its “pilot” clinic in April 2021, Meritus Health’s mobile team has administered nearly 5,000 COVID-19 vaccines and boosters to people ages 5 and older.

The community vaccination clinics have been hosted at about 90 locations in 15 different zip codes around Washington County, with the actual Meritus Health Mobile Clinic bus being introduced in August. The clinic team and Meritus Health leadership officially dedicated the bus – affectionately known as “Moby” – this week at a ribbon cutting with the Washington County Chamber of Commerce.

“These mobile clinics have really been about access – taking these vital vaccinations out to where our community members already are like gas stations, churches and local bingos,” says Maulik Joshi, president and CEO of Meritus Health. “The shots are free and public health data continues to show that the more people vaccinated against this virus, the less likely it will spread. We want to continue to offer opportunities to anyone who wants the COVID-19 vaccine or booster.”

The primary mobile clinic team includes a nurse practitioner, registered nurse and community health worker. Additional assistance is offered by other members of the community health education and outreach team at Meritus Health. Among the long list of community partners who have supported the vaccination clinics are the Asian American Center of Frederick; Horizon Goodwill; Washington County’s Commission on Aging, Community Free Clinic and Health Department; Western Maryland Community Development Corporation; and the YMCA of Hagerstown.

“Meritus Health quickly established a convenient way for the community to receive vaccines to protect against COVID-19 and has secured community partners in support of the mobile clinics which has helped our community through the process of getting as many people as possible vaccinated,” says Paul Frey, president of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber is glad to officially recognize and celebrate this effort by Meritus Health to invest in the betterment of the Washington County community.”

“We remain steadfast in our dedication to offer access to vaccinations for community members making informed decisions to receive them,” says Joshi. “Bringing the COVID-19 vaccinations to areas all across the region is directly connected to higher vaccine rates and acceptance in our part of the tristate. We will continue to find innovative ways to care for our community members, including bringing the services they need closer to where they live.”

A schedule of upcoming COVID-19 community vaccination clinics is updated regularly on this website.