As of now, a plethora of hospitals and healthcare providers in the State of Maryland are administering COVID-19 vaccines like Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna according to the State’s distribution plans.

As a result of this, people in Phases 1a, 1b, and 1c are receiving vaccines. Hospitals all over the State are distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to patients according to the specific criteria of each phase. Let’s find out who are eligible for COVID-19 in each phase:

The Different Vaccine Phases

These are as follows:

1.     Phase 1a

Phase 1a is the initial phase that covers the following:

  • Health care workers
  • Nursing home residents and staff
  • First responders
  • Public Safety Personnel

These are the first people to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the State of Maryland.

2.     Phase 1b

On January 18, the State of Maryland’s criteria for phase 1B reads as follows:

  • People of ages 75 and above
  • People residing in senior living facilities
  • People who are dealing with intellectual/developmental disabilities. It also accounts for those residing in developmental disabilities health group institutions.
  • Government workers
  • K-12- both public schools and nonpublic ones- teachers, support staff, childcare providers, and higher educational institutions.

3.     Phase 1c

As of February 1, Maryland’s eligibility criteria for receiving the Covid-19 is as follows:

  • Adults between the ages 65 and 74
  • Health care workers lacking coverage in Phase 1a include lab services, public health and vaccine manufacturing, etc.
  • Higher education institutional front line employees may contact students residing in residence halls, facilities maintenance, campus police, or the dining hall.
  • Essential workers present in critical manufacturing, food and agriculture production, clergy, U.S postal service, grocery stores, support staff, public mass transit, veterinarians, and those in places of worship.
  • Direct support professionals taking care of those with intellectual or developmental disabilities
  • Those with ongoing treatments in hospitals include people diagnosed with cancer, end-stage renal disease, sickle cell disease, solid organ transplant recipients, diabetes, or chronic pulmonary disease.

Where Can I Get COVID-19 Vaccine?

Hospitals and healthcare providers are administering COVID-19 vaccines based on rules set by the State. You can visit the State of Maryland’s vaccination website to learn more about the nearest area where you can get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Currently, the State of Maryland is allowing people meeting the criteria of each phase to access the COVID-19 vaccine. Phase 1c is designed for people aged 64 to 75, whereas Phase 1b is available for those older than 75 years.

Each phase allows an array of other groups like essential workers, front-line educational workers, those living in senior living facilities, and those with disabilities, among many others, to gain easy access to the COVID-19 vaccine.

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