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Get answers to your questions about getting the COVID-19 vaccine by clicking on the questions below.
Everyone 12 years of age and older is now eligible for vaccination in the US. Some states require pre-registration for a vaccine appointment. Maryland does not. All mass vaccination sites in the state now allow walk-ins. Some pharmacies also allow walk-ins.
On May 10, the Pfizer vaccine was approved for use in children in ages 12 and up.
Even if you are young and healthy, you should still get the vaccine when you are eligible. You should get the vaccine to protect yourself, and your loved ones. The vaccine can prevent serious illness, and limit hospitalization and death.
Once you have the vaccine, it will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed.
Side effects, particularly with the second dose, can happen. With the second dose, you can have fever, chills and aches following the shot. But, the vaccine benefits far outweigh the risk of these short term side effects.
Vaccines were tested and found safe in trials among thousands of people of different ages, races and among those with existing health conditions. Check with your doctor if you have an underlying health condition and are unsure about how the vaccine will affect you.
There are two options for getting a vaccination. You can schedule an appointment or you can go to a walk-in site. There is no central sign up for all vaccination sites. There are many sites in Maryland where you can walk in with no appointment.
To make an appointment to get a vaccination near you, there are both internet and phone options available.
Click on the highlighted links below to find a walk-in location near you or to schedule an appointment online. You can also call the phone numbers listed.
National COVID-19 Vaccination Assistance Hotline: 1-800-232-0233, Call center representatives can provide information in English, Spanish and many other languages about where to get the vaccine. There is also a TTY line for callers who are hearing impaired.
In Maryland: COVID-19 Vaccinations in Maryland, 1-855-MDGOVAX (1-855-634-6829)
In Baltimore City: COVID-19 Vaccination Registration
In Washington, DC: Take the Shot, DC, 1-855-363-0333
In Virginia: Vaccinate Virginia, 1-877-829-4682
In Pennsylvania: COVID-19 Vaccines PA, 1-877-724-3258
Your county health department may also have vaccination sites and you can call them directly.
Giant Food: Giant Food is accepting walk-ins for COVID-19 vaccines every Monday and Thursday from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. at all 152 Giant Pharmacy locations throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Delaware with no appointment needed. You can also schedule an appointment online.
CVS Pharmacy: is offering COVID-19 vaccines to walk-ins. You can also check availability and schedule an appointment online.
Rite Aid Pharmacy: Schedule an appointment online. Please note that only certain locations are accepting children ages 12-18.
Walgreens Pharmacy: Walgreens is offering the Pfizer vaccine to ages 12+. Schedule an appointment online.
Walmart: Walmart is offering the COVID-19 vaccine in all of their pharmacies in the U.S. on a walk-in basis or by appointment. Schedule an appointment online.
Sam’s Club: Sam’s Club is offering the COVID-19 vaccine in all of their pharmacies in the U.S. on a walk-in basis or by appointment. Schedule an appointment online. You do not need to be a Sam’s Club member to get the vaccine there.
Other options for Maryland:
You can join the Maryland Vaccine Hunters Facebook page for tips or help. Put “I need help” as a comment on the Facebook page. A volunteer will message you back.
MD Vaccine Updates is a site that monitors availability at local sites. Vaccines are tracked at pharmacies (CVS and Walgreens), grocery stores (Giant, Walmart), hospitals, and mass vaccine centers like M&T Stadium and the Baltimore Convention Center.
Weekly clinics are scheduled during the summer at many Hopkins locations. The COVID-19 vaccine will be available for free to JHU staff, contractors, students and faculty. COVID-19 leave is available for staff to use. Find up-to-date times and locations about Upcoming Vaccine Clinics at Hopkins.
The Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines come in two doses. It’s very important to get both doses. The first dose of the vaccine prepares your body’s immune system to fight off COVID-19. The second dose gives it a boost to help protect you. You need to get the second dose within six weeks after the first dose.
Your protection from COVID-19 will not be as strong or last as long if you only get one shot. Your body will be better able to fight off COVID-19 with both doses. Getting both doses also improves vaccine’s ability to protect you against viral variants. Because there is no longer a vaccine shortage in the U.S. second doses are widely available.
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The biggest benefit of getting the vaccine is that it greatly lowers your chances of getting COVID-19. All three COVID-19 vaccines also prevent serious illness, hospitalization and death. Another benefit is that vaccination protects everyone around you. More people getting vaccinated means COVID-19 will not infect as many people. This includes those who are at higher risk of serious illness, such as older adults, people with medical conditions and pregnant women.
Once you are fully vaccinated, you can do some things again that you stopped doing because of the pandemic. For example, you can be in public without a mask, except where required by law or certain businesses. You can get together indoors with other people who are fully vaccinated. And you may be able to travel to more places without needing to get tested or quarantine afterwards.
The Baltimore City Health Department and Baltimore City Fire Department are providing COVID-19 vaccines to people who are homebound in Baltimore City. You can register online for this free service.
- Go to https://covax.baltimorecity.gov.
- Click on the “Register for a COVID-19 Vaccination” button.
- Under the “Address” section the first question is “Are you homebound?” Choose “Yes” as the answer.
- You will be contacted for an appointment. The Fire Department will provide the vaccine to you in-home.
If you have a list of people who need the vaccine and are homebound, please e-mail Lillian.Ross@baltimorecity.gov.