The process to vaccinate everyone against this virus is a coordinated effort between federal, state and local officials. Due to the limited supply, health care workers, first responders, and residents and staff of long-term care facilities are receiving the vaccine first, followed by workers in some essential industries, and then the general public, starting with those age 75 and up.
Vaccination plans are organized by phases. Details about who is in each phase of the Maryland plan and the Prince George's County vaccination plans can be found at the state and county websites. These sites will be updated regularly as the vaccination effort progresses.
- New Maryland Call Center Helps Those Without Internet Schedule Appointments - Maryland’s new COVID-19 Vaccination Support Center is now available at 1-855-MDGOVAX (1-855-634-6829) to help those without internet access schedule appointments. It will be open seven days a week from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. Callers can get information on vaccines, identify providers in their area, and schedule appointments at Maryland’s mass vaccination sites. Press release
How Do I Get a Vaccine?
- If you are eligible for vaccination in Phase 1A because of your work, your employer should be coordinating with the Health Department or your healthcare facility to get you vaccinated.
- If you are eligible for vaccination in Phase 1B, preregister on the County vaccination site and then visit www.marylandvax.org to schedule an appointment. (Appointments are extremely limited due to the vaccine supply and the current demand). Appointments at the Sports and Learning Complex are booked for the next few weeks.
- Be persistent about scheduling your vaccination if you are eligible. Keep checking the appointment site, as additional vaccination sites are being added. (Also see other ways to get vaccinated below)
- The Maryland vaccination site works best with the following browsers: Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, or Firefox. It does not always perform properly with Internet Explorer.
- If you are eligible for vaccination in Phase 1C or any of the later phases, preregister now with Prince George’s County so that you can receive an email notification when you are eligible to receive a vaccination. This will also help officials with planning for how many people will be in each of the later phases.
- Maintain COVID prevention measures. Wear a mask, social distance, limit contact with those outside your household, and avoid travel when possible. According to Health Officer Ernest Carter, the numbers are declining, but you are still very vulnerable to exposure and infection.
- Stay informed. The vaccination rollout plans change often and will continue to do so until the supply of vaccines improves. The City will continue to provide updates to residents via the city website and Alert Bowie. Sign up for Alert Bowie and for Prince George’s County alerts to make sure you are receiving the latest information and encourage others to do so.
- Monitor the County and State vaccine websites for updated information.
- Educate yourself about the COVID-19 vaccinations. The State of Maryland website has very detailed FAQs on its vaccination page to help you understand how the vaccines work and what you should be doing now and in the future.
Other ways to get vaccinated
There is a lot of confusion and frustration around the scheduling of vaccine appointments right now. Each organization providing vaccinations has its own appointment process. Links to all of the vaccine appointment sites can be found at the Maryland Vaccination Locator site and they are also listed below for your convenience.
Securing a vaccination appointment is extremely difficult to do because of the high demand and the limited amount of vaccine supplies available. It is taking a lot of persistence and a good bit of luck to find an appointment slot on one of these sites. However, we are hearing from residents who have been successful in scheduling an appointment after many attempts, often over the course of many days.
- Select Giant grocery stores, including the one at Free State Shopping Center, and some Walmart's on the Eastern Shore and Western Maryland have begun scheduling vaccine appointments. Appointment offerings are very limited so far, but they are expected to improve. The Giant website recommends that you check back daily since more appointments are being added. Giant COVID vaccine website: https://giantfood.com/pages/covid-info.
- Safeway and Rite Aid pharmacies will also be offering vaccinations. None of the participating Rite Aids are in this area, but Safeway in Bowie is on the list of vaccination sites. Visit the Safeway site at https://www.mhealthappointments.com/covidappt
- Walgreens is partnering with the federal government to provide vaccinations in Maryland. Sign up on their website at https://www.walgreens.com/findcare/vaccination/covid-19. Some Bowie residents have already been successful in scheduling appointments through this site.
- CVS - CVS will be scheduling appointments at select sites in Maryland, including one in Bowie. This plan is through a partnership with the federal government. The CDC will be supplying vaccines directly to the pharmacies through this program, rather than having the supplies managed through a state allocation process. Details are limited, but the CVS website says the program will begin on February 12. See https://cvshealth.com/covid-19/vaccine-faq for more information.
- Learn more about the retail pharmacy vaccination program at https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/pages/maryland-retail-vaccination-sites....
Maryland Mass Vaccination Sites
- The Six Flags site opened February 5. The site is now up to a capacity of about 2,000 shots per day. To help improve the flow of traffic, they ask that you arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time.
- Baltimore Convention Center mass vaccination site –https://www.umms.org/coronavirus/covid-vaccine/get-vaccine/baltimore-convention-center-vaccine or call 443-462-5511 for assistance with making an appointment
- Check https://massvax.maryland.gov for updates. You can also text MDReady to 898-211 to register for Maryland vaccine alerts.
- Some hospital systems in Maryland are offering vaccinations to the public after they have completed vaccinations of their employees. Some will ask you to pre-register online with them and others will have specific information about appointments. Visit the websites of MedStar, Luminis, Adventist Health, and University of Maryland Medical System for their latest info.
- Johns Hopkins has information on their site for current patients - https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine/maryland.html
- Eventually, primary care physicians and other healthcare providers will be authorized to administer vaccines to those eligible as well. Look for correspondence from your provider when they are eligible to administer vaccines and have received a supply of vaccines.
Where To Find Information
|Prince George's County Vaccine Information||CovidLink - Maryland Vaccine Information|
|CDC Covid-19 Vaccine Information||FDA Covid-19 Vaccine Information|
|Register for Alert Bowie and receive regular COVID updates||Maryland Vaccination Site Locator|
|Marylanders can stay informed about the vaccination process by texting MDREADY to 898-211 or by visiting https://covidlink.maryland.gov/content/vaccine.|