Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday announced any and all Marylanders 16 and older can get a vaccine at any of the state mass vaccination sites starting Tuesday.
“We’re now able to move more quickly because we have been getting that increased supply and we’ve been building the infrastructure. We saw this coming, which is why we started the pre-registration last week to get ready,” Hogan said.
Three new mass vaccination sites are opening this week, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s site at the Greenbelt Metro Station (Prince George’s County), the Maryland State Fairgrounds (Baltimore County) and the Montgomery College Campus in Germantown (Montgomery County).
Next week, two new sites opening include the Frederick Community College (Frederick County) and Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (Anne Arundel County) sites.
Mass vaccination sites at Ripken Stadium (Harford County) will open on the week of April 19, and at The Mall in Columbia (Howard County) will open immediately after that.
On Friday, the state launched a no-appointment, walk-up line at the mass vaccination site in Salisbury. Starting Tuesday, the state will launch a no-appointment line at the Hagerstown site, and next week at the M&T Bank Stadium site in Baltimore City.
Officials said pre-registration is the best, easiest and fastest way to reserve an appointment and to ensure that a vaccine is available. Pre-register here online or call 855-MD-GOVAX.
“We urge Marylanders to please get vaccinated just as soon as you are able to,” Hogan said. “These vaccines are proven to be safe and effective and are provided at no cost. Getting vaccinated will help keep you, your family and your community healthy and safe.”
Marylanders eligible to get vaccine at all providers by April 12
By April 12, Marylanders age 16 and older will be eligible for a vaccine from all providers.
Marylanders 16 or 17 years old will only be able to use clinics that are providing the Pfizer vaccine, as it is the only vaccine that is currently approved by the Food and Drug Administration for ages 16 and older.
This comes as Maryland continues to vaccinate thousands of residents daily. According to the state, more than 20,000 Marylanders received some form of the vaccine in the last day. To date, the state has administered almost 3 million doses.
More than 1.1 million Marylanders are fully vaccinated, which is about 18% of the state’s population.
For a fourth day in a row, more Marylanders were admitted into hospitals due to COVID-19. According to the Maryland Department of Health, almost three-dozen more people were hospitalized Sunday alone for a total of 1,165 hospitalizations.
“The increases that we are seeing … it’s mostly young people, and we’re starting to see hospitalizations among people in their 20s, 30s and 40s, as opposed to folks just in their 70s and 80s and 90s. So getting more younger people vaccinated faster is certainly a goal, and we want to make sure that people take it seriously. Younger people sometimes felt that they were bulletproof or they didn’t have to worry about it, but now we’re seeing that they really do need to worry about it,” Hogan said.