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COVID-19 Vaccine

Based on the state’s accelerating vaccination rate and an anticipated increase in supply from the federal government,  all Marylanders 16 and older will be eligible for vaccination at Maryland’s mass vaccination sites as of April 6: pre-register for an appointment.

On April 12, all Marylanders 16 and older will be eligible for vaccination through all providers.

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Mass vaccination site pre-registration info

Maryland COVID-19 vaccine priority groups

Maryland will distribute the vaccines to seven different priority groups based on relative risk of exposure or developing serious illness.

Vaccine prioritization may be subject to change. The state has adopted a rolling vaccine allocation model, meaning it may not wait for every member of a particular group to get vaccinated before moving ahead; individuals will still have the opportunity to be vaccinated in subsequent phases.

WE ARE IN PHASE 2B

Timeline Pyramid
  • All licensed, registered and certified health care providers
  • Front line hospital staff
  • Nursing home residents and staff
  • Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Assisted living, independent living, behavioral health and developmentally disabled group homes, and other congregate facilities
  • Law enforcement and firefighters, EMS
  • Education staff, including K-12 teachers, support staff and daycare providers
  • Correctional health care staff and officers
  • Public safety workers not covered in Phase 1A
  • Health care workers not covered in Phase 1A, including but not limited to lab services, public health, vaccine manufacturing and other health care professions
  • Front line judiciary staff
  • Continuity of government
  • Food/agriculture production, critical manufacturing, U.S. Postal Service, public mass transit, grocery store employees
  • Veterinarians and support staff
  • Clergy and other essential support for houses of worship
  • Adults age 60 and older
  • Individuals who are currently hospitalized AND diagnosed with the following criteria:
    • Cancer patients who are currently in active treatment
    • End stage renal disease patients requiring hemodialysis
    • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), especially those who are
      • oxygen-dependent or are steroid dependent
      • Solid organ transplant recipients
      • Sickle cell disease patients
      • Diabetic patients (Type 1 and Type 2)
  • Individuals ages 16+ with underlying medical conditions that increase the risk for severe COVID-19 illness
  • Individuals ages 16+ with disabilities who are receiving SSI or SSDI benefits
  • Individuals participating in Maryland Medicaid EID
  • Maryland Medicaid REM recipients
  • Individuals receiving TDAP benefits
  • Individuals receiving long term services and supports through Maryland’s Medicaid waiver and state plan services (learn more)

Phase 1A 

Health care workers

Residents and staff of nursing homes

First responders, public safety, corrections

Pre-register for an appointment

Phase 1B

Assisted living, other congregate settings

Adults age 75 and older

Education and continuity of government

Pre-register for an appointment

Phase 1C

Adults age 65-74

Essential workers in lab services, agriculture, manufacturing, postal service

Pre-register for an appointment

Phase 2A

Marylanders ages 60+

Pre-register for an appointment

Phase 2B

Marylanders ages 16+ with underlying medical conditions that increase the risk for severe COVID-19 illness

Marylanders ages 16+ with disabilities who are receiving SSI or SSDI benefits, Maryland Medicaid EID individuals, Maryland Medicaid REM recipients, and Marylanders receiving TDAP benefits

Marylanders receiving long term services and supports through the state’s Medicaid waiver and state plan services (learn more)

Pre-register for an appointment

*Maryland is currently in this stage

Phase 2C

Marylanders 55 and older

Essential workers in critical industries, including construction workers, food services, utilities, transportation, financial services, IT and other infrastructure (learn more)

As of April 6, all Marylanders 16 and older will be eligible for vaccination at Maryland’s mass vaccination sites: Pre-register for an appointment

Phase 3

General population, including healthy adults ages 16+

As of April 6, all Marylanders 16 and older will be eligible for vaccination at Maryland’s mass vaccination sites: Pre-register for an appointment

What are the vaccines?

Vaccines Status Dosing Efficacy Potential Side
Effects
Pfizer Vaccine has been authorized for emergency use Two doses, delivered three weeks apart 95% effective at preventing serious illness Injection-site pain, fatigue, headaches, chills
Moderna Vaccine has been authorized for emergency use Two doses, delivered four weeks apart 94.1% effective at preventing serious illness Injection-site pain, fatigue, muscle aches, joint pain, headaches, chills
Johnson & Johnson Vaccine has been authorized for emergency use One Dose 85% effective at preventing severe illness Injection site pain, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, joint pain
Novavax Vaccine trials are ongoing Two doses, delivered three weeks apart Injection site pain, rash, headaches, muscle pain, fever
AstraZeneca Vaccine trials are ongoing Two doses, delivered four weeks apart Fever, muscle aches, headaches, injection site pain

Pre-register for vaccination at a mass vaccination site

As of April 6, all Marylanders 16 and older will be eligible for vaccination at Maryland’s mass vaccination sites. Pre-registration ensures you will be notified when you and your loved ones are able to make an appointment if you are eligible to receive a vaccine.

Why should you get the vaccine?

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Protective
The vaccines provide protection from serious COVID-19 illness.

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Promising results
Early clinical trials show the vaccines are highly effective in preventing serious illness.

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Pandemic-ending
The vaccines are the best path forward to ending the pandemic.

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Minimal side effects
Most of the participants in clinical trials had minimal side effects. The most common were soreness at injection site, fever, or body aches.

Keep On, Maryland

As we proceed with vaccinating the public, we all must keep on slowing the spread of COVID-19.

Keep on wearing your mask, watching your distance and washing your hands. You should get tested and quarantine if you expect exposure or show symptoms.

Learn More

Stay safe by wearing a mask, maintaining distance and washing hands.

Resources about the COVID vaccine

We are here to help you.
If you have questions or need help, operators are available to assist you.
Call 855-MD-GoVAX (855-634-6829)

Available resources will evolve as the Maryland vaccination effort moves forward.
Please check our resources page regularly for information and updates.

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