MARYLAND COVID-19 VACCINATION PRIORITY GROUP & INFO
As of 3/1/2021 Maryland is in Phase 1C
Howard County Health Dept is vaccinating 1A & 1B & part of 1C
- PHASE 1A, 1B, 1C INCLUDES:
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 65 and older
Individuals who are currently receiving hospital-based treatment, including in hospital outpatient centers, AND diagnosed with at least one of the following conditions:
Cancer patients who are currently in active treatment
End stage renal disease patients requiring hemodialysis
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Solid organ transplant recipients
Sickle cell disease patients
Diabetic patients (Type 1 and Type 2)
Individuals who are diagnosed with these medical conditions but are not currently receiving hospital-based treatment, including in hospital outpatient centers, will be eligible to receive the vaccine in Maryland’s Phase 2 COVID-19 vaccine distribution.
PHASE 2 (NOT IN THIS PHASE YET)
• Adults 16-64 at increased risk of severe COVID-19 illness due to comorbidities • Essential workers in critical utilities, transportation, logistics, infrastructure, food service, etc. • Incarcerated adults Timeline
PHASE 3 (NOT IN THIS PHASE YET)
• General population, including healthy adults age 16-64 Timeline Phase 3 will begin once the majority of Phase 2 has been vaccinated and/or the federal government’s allocation of vaccines to the state increases.
WHERE AND HOW CAN I RECEIVE VACCINE IN MARYLAND?
The Federal government will ship vaccines directly to hospitals, contracted pharmacies (CVS, GIANT FOOD, RITE AID, WALGREEN, SAFEWAY, ETC), State Health Departments & State Mass Vaccination Sites. Go to state link to locate vaccination sites near you:https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/pages/vaccine
To register for State of Maryland mass vaccination sites (as of today, M&T BANK STADIUM, SIX FLAGS AMERICA THEME PARK in Bowie & BALTIMORE CONVENTION CENTER), go to the link above. If you need additional info or need help registering for the state massvax sites call 1-855-MDGOVAX (1-855-634-6829) to speak to a representative.
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) TESTING UPDATE
Who Should Get Tested
Anyone with symptoms or anyonewho has had close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more) with someone with confirmed COVID-19, anyone who recently traveled, anyone who spent time at a gathering or anyone who wants to confirm their current status.
Many of the testing sites now offer RAPID, PCR, ANTIBODY TESTING:
For questions regarding testing cost, insurance accepted, test type administered, and expected wait time for test results, please contact the testing site directly. *** Check with the sites directly to determine if testing is in progress before you go.
In case you are in a rush and just want to know a few names recommended by our patients: