A Message About COVID-19 Vaccines in Maryland

January 27, 2021

Dear Neighbor:

Now that COVID-19 vaccines are available, it is critical that we get them to our people as quickly as possible. I wanted to share with you more information about vaccine distribution in our state. 

Maryland entered Phase 1C of its distribution plan on Monday, January 25, 2021, meaning those eligible now include adults ages 65-74 and essential workers in lab services, agriculture, manufacturing, public transit, grocery stores, the postal service and more. This week, Governor Larry Hogan also announced that starting on February 1 severely immunocompromised individuals, including those receiving chemotherapy, will be included in the Phase 1 rollout. For more information about who is eligible to receive the vaccine, click here

For additional vaccine information, you may visit the Maryland state online portal to locate vaccination sites, or you may also request a vaccine through your local county government. I have included below more information on how to request an appointment in each county in the 8th District

Montgomery County

If you are a resident of Montgomery County, please visit the county's online portal to preregister for a vaccine appointment. As vaccines become available, the county will contact individuals directly who have submitted the form and are eligible to receive the vaccine. If you need assistance preregistering, please call 240-777-1755. 

Frederick County

If you are a resident of Frederick County, please visit the county's online portal to submit a vaccination interest form. The county will contact people directly who have submitted the form and in order of priority. If you need assistance completing the form, please call 301-600-7900 for help in English or 301-600-7905 for help in Spanish. 

Carroll County

If you are a resident of Carroll County, please visit the county's online portal to submit a vaccination interest form. After you submit the required form, you will be contacted directly with additional registration information as it becomes available. If you need assistance completing the form, please call the county Health Department's call center at 410-876-4848.

I've heard from many constituents who are frustrated and disappointed by our state's vaccine distribution system. I joined my Maryland Delegation colleagues in expressing our shared concerns during a telephone briefing with the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) this week. We are urging the state to address its distribution challenges and disparities in vaccine access. At the federal level, we will continue working with the Biden Administration to boost the vaccine supply and streamline its deployment across Maryland and the country. 

For the most updated information, be sure to visit the MDH’s official COVID-19 vaccine page. To receive vaccination updates from Maryland’s statewide 2-1-1 texting service, you can opt-in by texting “MdReady” to 898-211.

As always, I encourage people across the 8th District to continue to share their concerns and insights with me and my staff by contacting my office or connecting with me on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram

All Best Wishes,


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