COVID-19 Vaccine Update
***Updated Information as of 3/30/2021***
***Updated information on 15th***
You can now pre-register for vaccination at one of 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. Here are instructions:
- Go to https://coronavirus.maryland.
- Create a login, go to your email to verify your account.
- Go back to https://coronavirus.maryland.
- Click on “Pre-register for a vaccination at a mass vaccination site” tab.
- Click on the “Pre-Register” tab.
- Answer the required questions and enter the necessary information, such as your name, date of birth, race and eligibility group. Make sure to select how you’d like to be notified about open appointments: a phone call or a text message or email.
- Fill out the health screening, which ask whether you’ve received a COVID-19 vaccine or another vaccine recently, if you’ve tested positive for the virus in the last 10 days and if you have certain allergic reactions, among other questions.
- Select your preferred mass vaccination sites from the five available options: Six Flags in Bowie, M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury or the Hagerstown Premium Outlets in Washington County.
- Certify your information is true by checking the final box.
Baltimore City residents who are over 65 but do not live in senior housing can fill out this form to be placed on Baltimore City’s older adult registry. Residents over 65 who do not have internet access or the ability to fill out the form can call 410-396-CARE (2273) to speak to a MAP Call Center Ambassador for assistance.
March 5, 2021 marks 1 year since the first COVID-19 case was reported in Maryland. With vaccinations underway, we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. That said, it’s not time to celebrate quite yet – please keep wearing your masks, remain socially distanced, and get vaccinated when it’s your turn.
While nearly 1.4 million shots have been administered so far, that means that only 15% of Marylanders have received their COVID-19 vaccinations. With the FDA’s approval this week of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine – the third safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine – we will see that number continue to grow, but there is a lot more work to be done to ensure we get vaccines equitably and efficiently distributed across our state.
Maryland’s acting Secretary of Health announced this week that the state will receive 49,600 initial doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. More than half the doses will be sent to the mass vaccination sites at M&T Bank Stadium and the Regency Stadium in Charles County, about 10 thousand doses will be sent to local health departments, and the rest will be sent to hospitals and federally qualified health centers around the state.
In Baltimore City, along with Charles County and Prince George’s County, remains one of the counties with the lowest percentage of residents vaccinated. To date, 73,000 Baltimore City residents have received their first vaccine dose, just over 12% of the population. Data indicates that Baltimore City neighborhoods with the lowest vaccine coverage are predominantly African American. Though Black residents account for 60% of the city’s population, only 6.7% of our Black residents have been vaccinated, compared to 17% of our white residents who have been vaccinated. The state has fundamentally ignored the barriers confronting low-income, vulnerable residents of color who are too often overlooked. The inequitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccinations is unacceptable and remains a top priority for all of us in Baltimore City leadership.
With the opening of mass vaccination sites at M&T Bank Stadium and the Baltimore City Convention Center, there are now 24 different hospital partners, clinics, and pharmacies providing COVID-19 vaccinations in Baltimore City. Click here to find a vaccination site near you.
Baltimore City Residents who are 65 or older, please submit a vaccine interest form here. Once you’ve completed and submitted the form, the Health Department will contact you with more information about the vaccine registration process for your group.
You can also call the Maryland Access Point Call Center (410-396-CARE) to add your name to the registry. Older adults who have signed up through this registry are being provided appointments through the Health Department’s hospital partners, using vaccines from the Health Department’s allocation.
Mobile Vaccine Clinics: The Health Department’s mobile clinics are prioritizing senior housing buildings across the city in areas with low vaccination rates. These clinics are pre-registering and vaccinating older adults at those locations for whom transportation to and from off-site vaccination may be a barrier.
Eligible individuals who work or live in Baltimore are encouraged to visit coronavirus.maryland.gov to register for vaccine appointments directly with health care providers in the area. Individual health care providers will then reach back out once vaccine appointments become available. The Baltimore City Convention Center and M&T Bank Stadium are accepting pre-registration, in addition to area hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies.
For reference, updates, and information about the COVID-19 vaccine, including Baltimore City’s public vaccination dashboard, visit coronavirus.baltimorecity.gov/covax.