COVID-19 Vaccine Update
At this time, the federal government is giving Maryland approximately 14,000 doses per day for over 2 million people who are eligible. SUPPLY IS VERY LIMITED, especially as the vaccine is becoming available to more people. PLEASE BE PATIENT as the available supply of the vaccine in Maryland works to catch up to the demand. The vaccine will eventually be available to all Marylanders.
Keep on slowing the spread of COVID-19 by watching your distance, washing your hands and wearing your mask.
Vaccines are here to help protect against serious illness from COVID-19.
Due to limited initial supply, health care workers, first responders, and residents and staff of long-term care facilities will be the first to receive the vaccine. Supplies will continually increase in the weeks and months that follow.
MD COVID Alert
MD COVID Alert pairs seamlessly with Maryland’s traditional contact tracing efforts by using Exposure Notifications technology to notify users who may have been exposed to an infected person. Opt-in today to participate in protecting all Marylanders from COVID-19.
“I am grateful for the contact tracer from the health department who called me to check in, every single day I was in quarantine. We need to move past the fear and work together.”
-Todd Poorman, 41, Anne Arundel County
Important info about COVID-19
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a disease caused by a respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019. COVID-19 is a new virus that hasn’t caused illness in humans before. Worldwide, COVID-19 has resulted in millions of human infections, causing illness and in some cases death. Cases have spread throughout the world, with more cases reported daily.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Symptoms, or combinations of symptoms, that may appear 2 – 14 days after exposure include:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
How is COVID-19 spread?
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs
- Some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to COVID-19.
What is the enrollment period for health insurance through Maryland Health Connection?
A special enrollment is in effect until May 15, 2021. Enroll in a health plan and get coverage until the end of 2021.
Slow the spread
- When in public, wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose
- Wash your hands often with soap and water
- Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces
- Avoid handshaking, hugging or other intimate types of greeting
If you have recovered or are recovering from COVID-19, you can connect with others who have been through the same experience on CovidCONNECT.
CovidCONNECT is a free platform where you can share your recovery story, learn about research opportunities, find mental health resources and more. Register to participate today.