Baltimore County has received more than 11,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines thus far, and County Executive Johnny Olszewski promised Thursday that “no vaccine will go to waste.”

Olszewski and County Health Officer Doctor Gregory Branch, at a news conference in Towson, laid out details of how the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are being administered in the county.

Following state guidelines, the county is first immunizing health care providers and their staff, according to Branch. He said the county does not know how many people fall into that category.

“We are assuming at this particular time that in the next couple to several weeks we will be able to move on to the next phase,” Branch said.

More than 2,000 people have been vaccinated so far in the county, according to Branch. He said more will be immunized this week, and 7 clinics are set up for next week. Branch expects all the vaccines currently on hand will be “in the arms” by next week.

Branch said he does not schedule a clinic until he has vaccines in hand.

“I don’t know necessarily when I am going to get the vaccine and how much, and I don’t want to put the appointments out there and not receive the vaccine,” Branch said.

Read more at WYPR