Vaccines are here to help protect against serious illness from COVID-19.

Maryland COVID-19 Vaccine Priority Groups

Maryland will distribute the vaccines to seven different priority groups based on relative risk of exposure or developing serious illness.

Vaccine prioritization may be subject to change. The state has adopted a rolling vaccine allocation model, meaning it may not wait for every member of a particular group to get vaccinated before moving ahead; individuals will still have the opportunity to be vaccinated in subsequent phases.

MARYLAND IS IN PHASE 2B:

  • 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 60 and older
  • Individuals who are currently hospitalized AND diagnosed with the following criteria:
    • Cancer patients who are currently in active treatment
    • End stage renal disease patients requiring hemodialysis
    • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), especially those who are
      • oxygen-dependent or are steroid dependent
      • Solid organ transplant recipients
      • Sickle cell disease patients
      • Diabetic patients (Type 1 and Type 2)
  • Individuals ages 16+ with underlying medical conditions that increase the risk for severe COVID-19 illness
  • Individuals ages 16+ with disabilities who are receiving SSI or SSDI benefits
  • Individuals participating in Maryland Medicaid EID
  • Maryland Medicaid REM recipients
  • Individuals receiving TDAP benefits
  • Individuals receiving long term services and supports through Maryland’s Medicaid waiver and state plan services (learn more)

If you are included in one of the groups listed above, you are currently eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

TIMELINE: ONGOING

Phase 1A

  • Health care workers
  • Residents and staff of nursing homes
  • First responders, public safety, corrections

Phase 1B

  • Assisted living, other congregate settings
  • Adults ages 75 and older
  • Education and continuity of government

 

Phase 1C

  • Adults ages 65-74
  • Essential workers in lab services, agriculture, manufacturing, postal service, etc.
  • Immunocompromised receiving hospital-based treatment
PHASE 2A
  • Marylanders age 60 or older
PHASE 2B*
  • Marylanders age 16 and older with underlying medical conditions that increase the risk for severe COVID-19 illness.
  • Marylanders ages 16 and older with disabilities who are receiving SSI or SSDI benefits, Maryland Medicaid EID individuals, Maryland Medicaid REM recipients, and Marylanders receiving TDAP benefits
  • Marylanders receiving long term services and supports through the state’s Medicaid waiver and state plan services

*Maryland is currently in this phase.

PHASE 2C (begins  April 13)
  • All Marylanders age 55 and older
  • Essential workers in critical industries, including construction workers, food services, utilities, transportation, financial services, IT and other infrastructure.
PHASE 3 (will begin by April 27)
  • General population, including healthy adults age 16 and older.

Vaccine prioritization may be subject to change. The state has adopted a rolling vaccine allocation model, meaning it may not wait for every member of a particular group to get vaccinated before moving ahead; individuals will still have the opportunity to be vaccinated in subsequent phases.

Registration Process

On April 12, all Marylanders 16 and older will be eligible to schedule appointments and get vaccinated.  The Cecil County Health Department has created Vaccine Interest Forms for individuals interested in getting the COVID-19 vaccines. Once you complete your interest form, please allow up to 4 weeks from the date you become eligible to receive information on how to register for upcoming vaccination clinics due to the limited supply of vaccine. A separate interest form must be completed for each eligible individual.

To complete an interest form, kindly follow the links below:

Phase 1 Interest Form: https://forms.gle/pWT96DsSoJCWm2We8

Phase 2 Interest Form: https://forms.gle/Fu515Uagmzw6tcju7

Phase 3 Interest Form: https://forms.gle/d2PzUJEGsHSBHhez7

For assistance, email CecilCOVID.VaccineInfo@Maryland.gov or call 410-996-1005.
To see if you are part of the current priority group visit:

What are the Vaccines?

Vaccines Status Dosing Efficacy Potential Side
Effects
Pfizer Vaccine has been authorized for emergency use for individuals age 16 and older Two doses, delivered three weeks apart 95% effective at preventing serious illness Injection-site pain, fatigue, headaches, chills
Moderna Vaccine has been authorized for emergency use Effects for individuals age 18 and older Two doses, delivered four weeks apart 94.1% effective at preventing serious illness Injection-site pain, fatigue, muscle aches, joint pain, headaches, chills
Johnson & Johnson Vaccine has been authorized for emergency use for individuals age 18 and older One Dose 85% effective at preventing severe illness Injection site pain, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, joint pain
Novavax Vaccine trials are ongoing Two doses, delivered three weeks apart Injection site pain, rash, headaches, muscle pain, fever

Why Should You Get the Vaccine?

Protective
It helps to protect you and those around you from COVID-19.

Promising results
Early clinical trials show the vaccines are highly effective in preventing serious illness.

Pandemic-ending
These vaccines are the path forward to ending the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minimal side effects
Most of the participants in clinical trials had minimal side effects. The most common were soreness at injection site, fever, or body aches.