There are several mass vaccination sites in Maryland to help get shots into the arms of more people.
Until now, the state has relied mainly on hospitals and health departments to vaccinate priority groups that include more than 2 million people. Those in nursing homes and long-term care facilities have been vaccinated through a federal contract with CVS and Walgreens pharmacies and more pharmacies are likely to be added soon.
Here’s what you need to know:
Where are the sites?
Baltimore Convention Center — 1 W. Pratt St., Baltimore
Six Flags America in Prince George’s County — 13710 Central Ave., Bowie
M&T Bank Stadium — 1101 Russell St., Baltimore (opens Feb. 25)
Regency Furniture Stadium — 11765 St. Linus Drive, Waldorf (opens by March 11)
How do I make an appointment?
The Baltimore Convention Center site is operated by the University of Maryland Medical System and Johns Hopkins Medicine, and will continue to offerCOVID-19 testing.
People who qualify for the vaccine can register for an appointment online at www.umms.org/BCCvaccine. Those without computer access or in need of assistance can register by calling 443-462-5511.
To register at Six Flags visit https://massvax.maryland.gov/ or call 855-MD-GOVAX (1-855-634-6829). Representatives are available seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Individuals should expect potential prolonged wait times on the phone due to call volume.
There are no details for the Southern Maryland mass vaccination clinic yet.
Does this mean counties will get fewer doses of the vaccine?
State officials haven’t said how many doses would be available immediately at the mass clinics, only that vaccines would be offered by appointment to health care workers, seniors, some essential workers and others in designated groups.
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Health departments fear losing a substantial number of doses to the state sites and officials aren’t getting enough answers from the state on supplies or how they should allocate scarce doses. County health officers are often left to decide on priority groups, shortages and long-term planning.
The state is guaranteeing local health departments will receive a minimum number of doses each week, from 300 to 975 doses, though the actual total number varies.
Will there be more mass vaccination sites?
State officials said they were planning additional mass sites in Western Maryland and the Eastern Shore, but officials have not given a timeline.
Are there any other places to get vaccinated, aside from these two locations?
Yes. For more information on where else you might be able to get vaccinated in various counties or pharmacies, click here.