Vaccination clinic at Lakeforest Mall in Gaithersburg: no staff

The location was supposed to be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

GAITHERSBURG, Maryland – People who showed up to receive their COVID-19 vaccine at one of Montgomery County’s COVID-19 clinics on Saturday morning were surprised to see that there were no staff on site.

Adam Longo of WUSA9 said that people who intended to receive COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots at the Lakeforest Mall vaccination clinic in the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services in Gaithersburg, left without a bullet in their arms.

Individuals arrived at the location where a mobile COVID-19 vaccination unit would be located and were greeted instead with no one to distribute the vaccines.

According to a tweet posted by the city of Gaithersburg this week, the location of the Lakeforest Mall was supposed to be open for operation on Saturday. The city announced free COVID-19 vaccinations for children 12 and older between November 23 and 24 and November 26-28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Evelyn Parto said she was frustrated.

“I was here, doing my best to get my encore, and they’re not here. I went to the website and they said it would be open from nine to five and no one is there. They are not serious with what they have on their website, ”Parto said.

Others stopped to get tested. Baleia Seballos said she had been to this location before before getting tested without having an appointment.

“I wanted to take the PCR test because I need it for my job on Monday. I feel bad because I don’t know where I can go. It was the only place near my house I could go to, now I don’t know where to go. I’m trying to find a date with CVS or Walgreens, ”Seballos said.

The city has even encouraged walk-in clinic visits and said Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines have been made available.

WUSA9 has contacted the county health department for further clarification on the staff “no-show”. We are still waiting for a response.

The Lakeforest Mall vaccination clinic is part of Maryland’s GoVAX Mobile program, which provides free COVID-19 vaccines to residents.

This story is developing. WUSA9 will provide the latest update as more information becomes available.

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