State of Maryland Issues Memo Saying County Health Departments Must Follow State’s Phasing For COVID-19 Vaccine

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State of Maryland Issues Memo Saying County Health Departments Must Follow State’s Phasing For COVID-19 Vaccine

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The State of Maryland issued a memo yesterday which said counties must follow the state’s vaccine eligibility guidelines.  The state of Maryland is currently in stage 2A. You can find a list of the different stages and who is currently eligible for the vaccine here.

The memo states, “All persons included in the Current Phase and all prior phases of the State Vaccine Prioritization Policy shall be eligible to receive COVID-19 Vaccines. Political
subdivisions shall not make orders or rules to the contrary.”

The office of Governor Hogan released the following information:

Governor Hogan announced that all Marylanders 16 and older with disabilities will be included in Phase 2B, which begins on Tuesday, March 30.

Phase 2B includes all Marylanders 16 and older with underlying medical conditions that increase the risk of severe COVID-19 illness, as defined by CDC guidelines.

According to the Maryland Department of Health, this will include “all Marylanders 16 and older with disabilities receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, Maryland Medicaid Employed Individuals with Disabilities (EID) individuals, Maryland Medicaid Rare and Expensive Case Management (REM) recipients; Marylanders receiving Temporary Disability Assistance Program (TDAP) benefits, or Marylanders receiving long term services and supports through the state’s Medicaid waiver and state plan services.” Marylanders with intellectual and developmental disabilities are included in Phase 1B of vaccine distribution.

PRE-REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR PHASE 2B

More than 150,000 Marylanders have successfully pre-registered for an appointment at a mass vaccination site. Marylanders in Phase 1, as well as Phases 2A and 2B, can now pre-register for an appointment at a mass vaccination site by visiting covidvax.maryland.gov or calling 1-855-MD-GOVAX (1-855-634-6829).

 

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