COVID-19 Vaccine Update: February 19, 2021
Governor Hogan announced this morning that the State of Maryland has officially achieved the milestone of more than 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered. Maryland providers have administered 94.3% of all first doses received from the federal government, and the state is now averaging 27,796 shots per day.
Thank you to all of the vaccinators—the pharmacies, the hospitals, the local health departments, the first responders, the Maryland National Guard, the Maryland Department of Health—and all of the people working around the clock to get shots into arms.
Official data is posted daily at coronavirus.maryland.gov.
- The ongoing series of winter storms is causing significant delays in vaccine shipments from the federal government. If you have an appointment in the coming days, be sure to check with your provider to confirm whether your vaccination clinic will be operating.
- Due to inclement weather, the mass vaccination site at Six Flags America is operating on a modified schedule today, but still honoring ALL scheduled appointments. The Baltimore Convention Center Field Hospital is open today for both vaccination and testing. As a reminder, vaccinations are by appointment only.
- A telephone-based support line is available for residents without Internet access who require assistance finding providers and making appointments for mass vaccination sites. The COVID-19 Vaccination Support Center—available at 1-855-MDGOVAX (1-855-634-6829)—is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- More than 200 providers are now listed on covidvax.maryland.gov, a one-stop shop for finding providers in your area. Vaccinations are by appointment only, and some providers may allow you to pre-register.
Juan Dixon, Head Basketball Coach at Coppin State University, is going to get the COVID-19 vaccine because “it’s the right thing to do.” He’s encouraging everyone to do their part to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Consistent with federal guidelines, Maryland is in Phase 1C of the vaccine distribution plan, including residents 65 and over, as well as critical workers in high-risk settings. Supply remains very limited: while federal guidelines make 2 million Marylanders eligible, the state is only receiving 12,000 first doses per day.
In addition to taking the vaccine when it becomes available to you, there are a few ways you can help:
Volunteer at a clinic. Join the Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps to support vaccination clinics across the state. Sign up to volunteer at a vaccination clinic.
Join our campaign. 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.
Stay informed. Marylanders are also encouraged to visit covidlink.maryland.gov to review vaccine safety and efficacy information.