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Maryland COVID vaccine rollout: Phase 2 timeline

Beginning Tues., March 30, Maryland has made group 2B eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, including all Marylanders 16 and older with underlying medical conditions that increase the risk for severe COVID-19 illness.

Note: While the state has expanded eligibility, county and facility rollout dates may differ from state guidelines based on availability.


Eligible soon

April 6: 16 and older at mass vaccination sites

Eligibility opens for all Marylanders 16 and older at any of the state's mass vaccination sites.

April 12: 16 and older from all providers

Eligibility opens for all Marylanders 16 and older at any provider in the state.
Note: Marylanders who are 16 and 17 years old will only be able to utilize clinics with Pfizer vaccines, as it is the only vaccine currently approved by the FDA for ages 16+.

Pre-registration at mass vaccination sites is available at covidvax.maryland.gov and at 1-855-MD-GOVAX.

Eligible currently

Phase 1A (as of December 14, 2020)

All licensed, registered, and certified healthcare providers; nursing home residents and staff; law enforcement, firefighters, EMS, and other first responders; correctional healthcare staff and officers; and front line judiciary staff.

Phase 1B (as of January 18)

All Marylanders age 75 and over.

All Marylanders of any age in assisted living, independent living, behavioral health and developmentally disabled group homes, and other congregate facilities through Part B of the Federal Long-Term Care Pharmacy Partnership Program.

All i​ndividuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities can begin receiving vaccines as part of Phase 1B. Those who reside in congregate-living facilities will be prioritized. Direct support professionals will be able to receive vaccines in Phase 1C

Education:​ K-12 teachers and support staff, childcare providers, higher education

  • Educational facilities include: licensed childcare facilities; K-12: both public school systems and nonpublic schools; and higher educational institutions.
  • Teachers, school staff, and child care workers are defined as those who work in pre-primary, primary, and secondary schools, as well as Head Start and Early Head Start programs (including teachers, staff, and bus drivers) and those who work as or for licensed child care providers, including center-based and family care providers.
  • Nonpublic schools may ​not​ be excluded from any COVID-19 vaccine provider who is administering COVID-19 vaccine to educators. ​ Any COVID-19 vaccine provider who refuses to vaccinate nonpublic school staff while administering vaccines to public school system employees will have future vaccine allocations reduced or reallocated.
  • Note: Higher Education Institutional front-line workers with potential contact with students living in residence halls (congregate living), facilities maintenance, dining hall, and campus police are included in 1C.

Continuity of Government:

  • Local elected officials should be prioritized as extra doses become available by the relevant local health departments.
  • All federal law enforcement agencies should coordinate with the Maryland State Police on their needs.
  • All federal non-law enforcement agencies should consider implementing their continuity of operations plans (COOP) and request the relevant doses from FEMA.
  • All local government (at the county and municipal levels) agencies shall coordinate with their local health department on vaccination priorities. As extra doses become available, local health departments should vaccinate those agencies with a focus on the continuity of government operations.
  • All other state agencies should follow the January 25, 2021 DBM guidance.
  • Each local health department should work with the administrative judges (district and circuit) in their jurisdiction to prioritize and vaccinate judicial personnel that are non-frontline using their jurisdiction’s allocated doses.

Phase 1C (as of January 25)

All Marylanders over 65.

All other public safety (not in Phase 1A)

All other healthcare (not in Phase 1A), including, but not limited to, Lab Services, Public Health, Vaccine Manufacturing, other healthcare professions

Food and Agriculture Production Critical Manufacturing

U.S. Postal Service

Public Mass Transit

Grocery Stores

Veterinarians and Support Staff

Clergy and other essential support for houses of worship

Certain immunocompromised individuals who are currently receiving hospital-based treatment, including in hospital outpatient centers AND diagnosed with at least one of the following conditions:

  • Cancer patients who are currently in active treatment
  • End stage renal disease patients requiring hemodialysis
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Solid organ transplant recipients
  • Sickle cell disease patients
  • Diabetic patients (Type 1 and Type 2)

Note: Maryland will make its best efforts to ensure that every hospital will receive at least 100 doses for these immunocompromised individuals.

The state has said all COVID-19 vaccine providers​ ​shall​ ​continue to prioritize Marylanders who are 75 and older in Phase 1B, and Marylanders who are 65 and older in Phase 1C, regardless of what phase is open at the time. Failure to do so may result in reallocation to other providers within the same jurisdiction.

Phase 2A (as of Tuesday, March 23)

Eligibility opens for all Marylanders 60 and older.

Phase 2B (as of Tuesday, March 30)

Eligibility opens for all Marylanders 16 and older with underlying medical conditions that increase the risk for severe COVID-19 illness. A list of qualifying medical conditions as defined by the CDC can be found here​.

All Marylanders 16 and older ​with disabilities receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, Maryland Medicaid Employed Individuals with Disabilities (EID) individuals, Maryland Medicaid ​Rare and Expensive Case Management (REM) recipients; ​Marylanders receiving Temporary Disability Assistance Program (TDAP) benefits, or Marylanders receiving long term services and supports through the state's Medicaid waiver and state plan services​.

According to CDC data, nearly 90% of individuals hospitalized for COVID-19 have an underlying medical condition.

Phase 2C (accellerated timeline)

Eligibility opens for all Marylanders 55 and older, as well as essential workers in critical industries including:

  • Construction workers
  • Food services
  • Utilities
  • Transportation
  • Financial services
  • Information Technology.

Note: for more information on the groups defined in Phase 2C above, please see the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Critical Infrastructure Workers’ Advisory Memorandum.

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