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COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout FAQ

Last updated: July 6, 2021

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Currently, the Anne Arundel County Department of Health is providing vaccines by appointment using the COVID Vaccinations Sign-Up Form here.
Walk-ins are also welcome.

COVID-19 Vaccine Priority Phases

Currently Anne Arundel County is in Phase 3. Phases 1A, 1B, 1C and 2A continue and Phases 2C and 3 began on April 12.

Vaccination Prioritization

What were the COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout Phases?

The phases were 1A, 1B, 1C, 2A, 2B, 2C and 3.  Anyone age 12 and older can get a COVID-19 vaccine. Sign up for Department of Health vaccination clinics at https://aacounty.org/covidvax. Walk-ins are welcome at all Department of Health locations.

For other vaccine clinic locations, go to https://aahealth.org/vaccine-locations/.

Phase 1A Began December 2020

  • Health Care Workers
  • Public Health
  • Nursing Home
  • First Responders
  • Fire/EMS
  • Police
  • Sheriff
  • Judiciary
  • Corrections

Phase 1B Began January – February 2021

  • Age 75 and Older
  • Congregate Settings
    • Assisted Living Facility
    • Group Homes
    • Homeless Shelters
  • Continuity of Government
    • Eligibility is determined by the County Office of Emergency Management. Eligible individuals will be contacted directly by the Department of Health.
  • Education
    • Public School
    • Private School
    • Higher Education
  • Child Care (Licensed)
  • Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Diagnosed Before Age 22

Phase 1C: Began March 2021

  • Adults age 65-74 (Over 65+) – March 15
  • All Health Care Workers (who are not in 1A)
    • Lab Services
    • Public Health
    • Vaccine Manufacturers
    • Other Health Care Professions
  • Immunocompromised Individuals:
    Must be individuals who are currently receiving hospital-based treatment, including in hospital outpatient centers AND diagnosed with the following criteria. Eligible individuals do not need to preregister, but should contact affiliated hospitals for vaccine scheduling.

    • Cancer patients who are currently in active treatment
    • End stage renal disease patients requiring hemodialysis
    • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), especially those who are oxygen-dependent or are steroid dependent
    • Solid organ transplant recipients
    • Sickle cell disease patients
    • Diabetic patients (Type 1 and Type 2)
  • Frontline Essential Workers
  • Food and Agricultural
  • U.S. Postal Service
  • Veterinary Occupations
  • Manufacturing
  • Grocery Store
  • Public Transit
  • Clergy and Support Staff

Phase 2A: Began March 23, 2021

  • Age 60 and older

Phase 2B: Began March 30, 2021 

  • Ages 16+ who have underlying medical conditions that increase the risk of severe COVID-19 illness.  The conditions are identified here by the CDC.  Individuals may want to consult with their doctors to determine their individual risk.
  • People age 16+ with disabilities who are receiving  Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance(SSDI) benefits; Maryland Medicaid Employed Individuals with Disabilities (EID) incentives; Maryland Medicaid Rare and Expensive Case Management (REM) services; Temporary Disability Assistance Program (TDAP) benefits; or long-term services and supports through the State of Maryland’s Medicaid waiver and state plan.

Phase 2C: Began April 12, 2021

  • Age 55 and older
  • Essential workers in critical industries, including construction workers, food services, utilities, energy, waste and wastewater, transportation, legal and financial services, media, IT/communications and other infrastructure

Phase 3: Began April 12, 2021

    • Age 16 and older.  On May 12, age 12 and older was added for the Pfizer vaccine.

How were these phases determined?

These phases are based on considerations for the ethical allocation of vaccines by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) which is a part of the CDC. The two goals are to prevent illness and death in individuals and preserve social functioning. They applied three ethical principles – maximize benefits and minimize harms; promote justice; mitigate health inequities – to create the prioritization list.

Why were there changes to the priority list?

On January 5, Governor Larry Hogan and the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) provided additional guidance and detail on the prioritization schedule based on CDC guidance. The numbering of the phases changed and some of the previous categories were broken down into smaller categories. Anne Arundel County updated its prioritization schedule to reflect MDH guidance and stay consistent with the state.

Frontline and Other Essential Workers

  • Group Considerations
    • Workers most critical to maintaining core societal functions
    • Workers with unavoidable high risk of exposure
      • Cannot work remotely; and/or
      • Work in close proximity to coworkers or public
        • Amount of time in close proximity
        • Number of contacts during workday
      • Workers in sites with high transmission rates (e.g. correctional officers)
      • Workers disproportionately affected by COVID-19 because of structural inequities
  • Individual Considerations
    • People at increased risk of severe illness based on age or pre-existing medical conditions
    • People more likely to transmit infection outside of work (e.g. group housing)
    • People who have not been infected with COVID-19 within the preceding 90 days.

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