ANNAPOLIS — Maryland has entered Phase 2A of its vaccination plan, with all state residents age 60 and older now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines.
All eligible Phase 1 and Phase 2A populations can now pre-register for an appointment at a mass vaccination site by visiting covidvax.maryland.gov or calling 1-855-634-6829.
This is Gov. Larry Hogan’s first expansion of the vaccine distribution since announcing the entry into Phase 1C on Jan. 25.
As of today, all people over the age of 60 are added to the eligibility list that includes all parts of Phase 1 — people in the higher age ranges, health-care providers, nursing home residents and staff, law enforcement, EMS, first responders, corrections staff, frontline judiciary staff, those in independent living facilities, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, high-risk inmates, educational staff, child-care providers, public health and safety workers and several classifications of essential workers.
On Tuesday, the state is set to enter Phase 2B, which covers any person ages 16 and older who has underlying medical conditions that increase the risk for severe COVID-19 illness.
According to the Maryland Department of Health, this will include “all Marylanders 16 and older with disabilities receiving Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, Maryland Medicaid Employed Individuals with Disabilities individuals, Maryland Medicaid Rare and Expensive Case Management recipients; Marylanders receiving Temporary Disability Assistance Program benefits; or Marylanders receiving long-term services and supports through the state’s Medicaid waiver and state plan services.”
Marylanders with intellectual and developmental disabilities were included in Phase 1B of vaccine distribution.
Phase 2C is scheduled to start April 13 and will include all Marylanders ages 55 and up, as well as essential workers in critical infrastructure industries, including construction, food service, utilities, transportation, IT and financial services.
Hogan has promised a move to Phase 3 by the end of April, at which point, any person age 16 and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine.
More mass vaccination sites
Hogan on Tuesday announced the state will open six more mass vaccination sites beginning in early April, doubling the number to 12 as the state prepares for a significant increase in vaccine supply from the federal government.
“We have over 2,500 points of distribution and will grow by hundreds more to over 3,000, adding hundreds of doctors’ offices and pharmacies, in addition to expanding the reach of community clinics through our equity task force operation,” Hogan said. “I want to once again strongly encourage all Marylanders to please get vaccinated when it is your turn.”
In early April, the Timonium Fairgrounds site in Baltimore County will be converted to a mass vaccination site, and in partnership with Montgomery County, a mass vaccination site will open at Montgomery College in Germantown.
In mid-April, mass vaccination sites will open in partnership with Frederick County and Anne Arundel County.
In late April, mass vaccination sites will open in partnership with Howard County and Harford County.
Even with the doubling of the mass vaccination sites, the closest such venue to Garrett County will be in Washington County, where the sixth mass vaccination site is scheduled to open today at the Hagerstown Premium Outlets.
As of Tuesday, 70.4% of Marylanders over 65 have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 33.8% of Marylanders 18 and older have received their first dose. The state is averaging distribution of about 43,000 doses per day, the governor said, putting Maryland ahead of 32 other states in the vaccination rate.