Maryland Vaccine Equity Task Force Update: March 20, 2021
SATURDAY: UNION BAPTIST CHURCH, BALTIMORE CITY
Lieutenant Governor Boyd K. Rutherford visited the Maryland Vaccine Equity Task Force (VETF) clinic at Baltimore’s Union Baptist Church, which was facilitated in partnership with Safeway and provided 250 doses of the Moderna vaccine. Read more.
TUESDAY: FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF GLENARDEN, PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY
The new community-based site at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden, facilitated by a partnership between the Maryland Vaccine Equity Task Force and the University of Maryland Capital Region Health, opened this week. The clinic, held in the church’s 63,000-square foot family life center, will administer approximately 200 doses today as part of a soft launch, and ramp up to nearly 1,000 shots per day.
Governor Larry Hogan and Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks toured the site on Tuesday. Read more.
THURSDAY: FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF HIGHLAND PARK, PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY
Lt. Governor Rutherford toured the VETF clinic at First Baptist Church of Highland Park in Prince George’s County Thursday. The clinic, facilitated in partnership with Safeway, provided 200 doses of the Moderna vaccine. Read more.
FRIDAY: LAUNCH OF MOBILE VACCINATION CLINICS, SOMERSET COUNTY
Maryland’s first mobile vaccination clinic launched yesterday at the Garland Hayward Youth Center in Princess Anne, marking the beginning of a new effort to connect with Marylanders in hard-to-reach areas of the state. Each mobile vaccine bus can administer 60-160 vaccines per mission, and individuals can be vaccinated in the bus or in their own vehicles. The technology capabilities of the buses also allow for registering and scheduling follow-up appointments. Read more.
FRIDAY: CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH OF CAMP SPRINGS, PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY
Lt. Governor Rutherford joined Reverend Lincoln M. Burruss Jr. and Prince George’s County Councilwoman Monique Anderson-Walker to tour the vaccination clinic at Central Baptist Church of Camp Springs. The clinic is facilitated in partnership with Safeway and distributed 200 doses of the Pfizer vaccine.
Scheduled Missions + Site Assessments
(figures are cumulative, as of 3/18/21)
ADDITIONAL EQUITY UPDATES
PRIORITY APPOINTMENTS AT STATE MASS VAX SITES. The State of Maryland is now setting aside weekly blocks of community-based priority appointments for the state’s mass vaccination sites. Priority appointments dedicated for residents local to the mass vaccination sites are booked through text-based and call center outreach utilizing both state and local pre-registration lists. Learn more.
PRIMARY CARE PILOT PROGRAM. Beginning this week, primary care practices throughout Maryland are joining the state’s vaccination effort, administering vaccines directly to vulnerable populations they serve. To help achieve more equitable vaccine distribution, the first 37 practices were chosen for the program based on their connection to largely African American and Hispanic communities and areas with less geographic access to vaccination sites. Learn more.
COMMUNITY VACCINATION GRANT PROGRAM. The Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission has established a new program to support hospital efforts to engage in community-based vaccination efforts. The program will provide $12 million for participating hospitals to work with trusted community partners to increase access to the COVID-19 vaccine—especially in vulnerable, underserved, and hard-to-reach areas. Learn more.
IN THE NEWS
Washington Informer: First Baptist Church of Glenarden Joins the Fight Against COVID
Capital Gazette: Maryland Vaccine Equity Task Force clinic opens in Upper Marlboro
The Maryland Vaccine Equity Task Force (VETF), led by Maryland National Guard Brigadier General Janeen Birckhead, works in partnership with the state’s 24 local health departments to focus COVID-19 vaccination efforts on underserved, vulnerable, and hard-to-reach populations to ensure the equitable delivery of vaccines.
The task force will leverage resources with close ties to key communities, including the state’s Vaccine Advisory Group, the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives, the state’s network of Medicaid providers, and additional public sector and community partners.