COVID-19 Vaccination Update: February 2, 2021
As of today, Maryland providers have administered 553,733 COVID-19 vaccines, and 79.1% of all first doses have been given. The average daily rate of shots administered is 22,439—a 64% increase over the last two weeks. While the vaccination rate continues to increase, supply from the federal government remains extremely limited.
Official data is posted daily at coronavirus.maryland.gov.
Note that the winter storm is having an effect on vaccination clinics.
Vaccine Eligibility Protocols
In accordance with federal guidelines, Maryland is currently in Phase 1C of the vaccine distribution plan, including residents 65 and over, as well as critical workers in high-risk settings. While federal guidelines make 2 million Marylanders eligible, the state is only receiving 10,000 doses per day. Click here to see if you’re eligible.
Beginning this Friday, the state will open a series of mass vaccination sites to serve eligible residents. The first mass sites are set to open at the Baltimore Convention Center and Six Flags America in Prince George’s County. Announcements will be made as appointments become available.
Neighborhood pharmacies have joined the state’s distribution network, including Giant, Walmart, Safeway, and Rite Aid locations in critical areas. Local hospitals and health departments are also holding vaccination clinics. Use covidvax.maryland.gov to find a provider near you, or call 211 for assistance. Vaccinations are by appointment only, and some providers may allow you to pre-register.
Through the federal long-term care program, CVS and Walgreens continue to conduct vaccination clinics at Maryland nursing homes and assisted living facilities. If you have a question about a specific facility, contact the Maryland Department of Health.
“This Is The Best of Science”
UMBC President Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, and his wife, Jacqueline C. Hrabowski, former vice President of T. Rowe Price, discuss why they participated in COVID-19 vaccine trials.
Ways to Get Involved
Hundreds of volunteers from the Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps—including retired nurses—are supporting vaccination clinics across the state. Sign up to volunteer at a vaccination clinic. The State of Maryland has launched a grassroots public outreach and equity campaign to promote vaccine confidence. These vaccines are safe, effective, and authorized for use by our country’s leading medical experts. Join the GoVAX campaign.
To receive additional updates, text ‘MdReady’ to 898-211. Marylanders are also encouraged to visit covidlink.maryland.gov to review vaccine safety and efficacy information.