Update on Maryland’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan
Jerry Levine, M.D., FACP, Vice President Medical Director
Maryland Primary Care Physicians has been included in the State of Maryland pilot to allocate COVID-19 vaccine for distribution. Less than 40 medical practices in Maryland are participating, with small quantities initially allocated. All of our offices are included in this pilot.
The type of vaccine will vary according to vaccine availability. We are supportive of all three vaccines now available under the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization.
We are following the State of Maryland phased roll-out of vaccine eligibility. As of April 12, all Marylanders 16 and older are now eligible to receive the vaccine.
Please do not call your MPCP office to schedule a vaccine. Vaccine appointments will be scheduled through our MyPortfolio Patient Portal, and we will also provide vaccine to patients at their previously scheduled visit if eligible and there is quantity available. Additionally, we are aware of all individuals requiring vaccine through the State Maryland Patient Vaccine Tracking program. We will contact individuals requiring vaccine equitably within the allocation quantity provided.
If you have not already registered for the Patient Portal, please sign up now by requesting a portal invite from your primary care office.
We anticipate that the quantity of vaccine will be increased over the next few weeks, however, we will not have enough to vaccinate all of our patients. Please register with your County Health Department and State of Maryland Vaccine registration as well. Register here for a Mass vaccine clinics in the State of Maryland.
Coronavirus Maryland is another website that can be used to locate vaccine providers in your area. See below for additional links.
Some local pharmacies also have allocations of the vaccine. Check with them for online scheduling:
For people without Internet access, the COVID-19 Vaccination Support Center is open from 7:00 AM to 10 PM seven days a week. It helps residents find a vaccine provider and make an appointment. The telephone number is 1-855-634-6829.
It is OK if you are still not sure if you want to get vaccinated. We are committed to provide the facts about the vaccine. Click here for additional resources/information to help you with your decision.
Continue to be diligent with hand washing and wear your mask! Cover sneezes and coughs, increase your hydration, maintain social distancing, and minimize non-essential travel. It is important to continue to follow these directives even after you receive your vaccine.