All Marylanders over the age of 16 can begin pre-registering to receive COVID-19 vaccine at one of the state’s mass vaccination sites, Gov. Larry Hogan said Thursday.
Many state residents still aren’t eligible to be vaccinated, but Maryland is opening pre-registration to the entire adult population in advance of an upcoming expansion of eligibility.
Hogan on Thursday also announced that the mass vaccination site at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center in Salisbury will begin accepting no-appointment walk-ins for anyone who is eligible for a vaccine.
Maryland is currently in Phase 2B of its vaccination plan, which includes all residents over the age of 16 who have underlying medical conditions that could make them prone to more severe cases of COVID-19.
Everyone over the age of 16, regardless of their medical status, is expected to be eligible by April 27, though Hogan hinted Thursday that Maryland’s eligibility plan may be accelerated soon.
“This week, we began to see an increased supply in vaccines from the federal government,” Hogan said. “Next week and in the weeks ahead, we should expect to see a similar supply.”
People who are eligible for vaccines under Phases 1 and 2 will continue to receive priority as eligibility opens further.
Anyone who wishes to pre-register for a shot at one of Maryland’s mass vaccination sites can do so online at covidvax.maryland.gov or through the state’s vaccination support call center at 1-855-634-6829.
Hogan on Thursday also announced new details about state-run mass vaccination sites that are set to open in the coming weeks. The Republican governor visited Western Maryland last week for the opening of the newest site, at Hagerstown Premium Outlets in Washington County.
This week, a site is opening at Montgomery College in Germantown, and on April 7, another site will open in Prince George’s County at the Greenbelt Metro station.
The Greenbelt site will be run in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is also running several mobile vaccination sites that are expected to deliver doses to people who live in remote or underserved areas, including parts of the Eastern Shore.
Next week, a new mass vaccination site will open at the Timonium Fairground site in Baltimore County.
The week of April 12, mass vaccination sites will open at Frederick Community College in Frederick County and at Navy Stadium in Anne Arundel County, Hogan said.
Other sites will open at Ripken Stadium in Harford County the week of April 19 and at Columbia Mall in Howard County the week of April 26.
Maryland has administered more than 2.7 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Two of the currently available vaccines require two injections.
As of Thursday, more than 1 million Marylanders are fully vaccinated, according to state data. That includes 75% of people over the age of 65, who were among the first to become eligible for vaccines because of their vulnerability to the virus.
Madeleine O’Neill covers the Maryland State House and state issues for the USA Today Network. She can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter at @maddioneill