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Second Dose Clinic Auto-Notification from State PrepMod System

Recently, some individuals received an automated notification from Maryland’s statewide COVID vaccine registration site, known as PrepMod. This notification was sent to Howard County residents with vaccine appointments, but it was not authorized or sent by the Howard County Health Department. The notification suggested that you make a second-dose vaccine appointment at a location in Baltimore City. However, this notification was sent in error. A glitch in the state system triggered the message, which was inaccurate for Howard County residents planning to book their second-dose appointments.  

IF YOU RECEIVED YOUR FIRST DOSE FROM US (either at HCHD or at Howard Community College), YOU WILL ALSO RECEIVE YOUR SECOND DOSE IN HOWARD COUNTY. You may disregard the message from PrepMod. Our team is working to schedule second doses, and will contact you directly as follows:

  • SCHEDULED CLINICS WITH APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE will be sent by Howard County Health Department (from an email ending in @howardcountymd.gov)
  • APPOINTMENT CONFIRMATIONS / REMINDERS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY SCHEDULED APPOINTMENTS will be sent by PrepMod (from [email protected])

If you received an email notification indicating a need to schedule a second dose appointment from [email protected], please disregard it. If you have not yet scheduled your second dose, a member of our team will be in touch shortly. If you have already scheduled your second dose appointment, your appointment did not change. You may receive CONFIRMATION emails from PrepMod, but you will never receive notifications of upcoming clinics through the state PrepMod system.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work with our State partners to resolve these issues, and we look forward to seeing you in a clinic soon.


Vaccine Update Letter from Health Officer Dr. Maura Rossman (Feb 22, 2021)

***Clinic Update: Due to the weather-related vaccine shipment delays the following vaccine clinics have been canceled and rescheduled to the indicated dates.

  • Monday, February 22 Moderna clinic at HCHD rescheduled for Monday, March 1, 2021 (8930 Stanford Blvd).  

The vaccine location and your appointment time will remain the same. Please monitor your email for additional information. ***

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics at Howard Community College's Athletics & Fitness Center 
Appointments are required for all clinics. No walk-ins will be accepted.

Address:  4950 Campus Dr., Columbia, MD 21044 (Enter Campus from Little Patuxent Pkwy)
***For GPS or Google Maps/Waze enter Howard Community College, Campus Drive.***  Clinic is in the Athletic & Fitness Center (The center is wheelchair accessible.) 
For a map of the HCC campus, click HERE or on the map below

What to expect: Howard County Health Department COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment

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If you have an appointment and are part of the group designated for vaccine during a specific clinic, you WILL receive vaccine. You do not need to arrive early for your appointment. We will have a vaccine ready for you when you arrive. Please plan to arrive no more than 10 minutes early for your scheduled appointment.


Where to Look for Other COVID-19 Vaccination Sites

The State of Maryland has a resource that allows you to search for a vaccination clinic near you. Go to the following: coronavirus.maryland.gov/pages/vaccine.  

Maryland Department of Health launched a COVID-19 Vaccination Support Center to provide Marylanders without technology capabilities the ability to gain access to COVID-19 vaccine information and appointments. Call 1-855-MDGOVAX (1-855-634-6829) 7AM - 10PM  7 days a week 

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Pre-Registration Survey Questionnaires

Please ensure all information entered into the survey is correct. If your contact information is entered incorrectly, we will be unable to contact you with appointment registration instructions. Completing these surveys DOES NOT register you for a vaccination clinic.  These surveys provide the Health Department with your information so that once vaccination clinics are available for your group, we can contact you. 

Howard County Health Department has a Business Associate Agreement with Survey Monkey to ensure that your information remains safe and confidential. This Agreement is HITECH and HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) compliant and it discloses that none of the data collected will be provided to any third party entities and contains safeguards to protect your privacy.

Howard County Residents age 75+

If you are 75+, please complete our pre-registration survey so that we may contact you with information and instructions about how to make a vaccination appointment.  If you are unable to complete the survey online, consider asking a friend, neighbor or family member for assistance. Those 75+ can also email [email protected] or call 410-313-6284 for assistance completing the survey. Proof of residency in Howard County will be required.

Please note: You WILL NOT receive an appointment after completing the survey. You will be emailed in the next 10 days with additional instructions explaining how to make an appointment.

Blue button 75+  Click to complete the 75+ SURVEY

Spanish survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CoVaClinic75?lang=es

Korean survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CoVaClinic75?lang=ko

Mandarin: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CoVaClinic75?lang=zh

Hakha Chin: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CoVaClinic75?lang=my

 

Howard County Residents ages 65-74

After prioritizing those most vulnerable adults age 75 and older, the Health Department will begin to open vaccinations to Howard County residents ages 65-74. Proof of residence in Howard County will be required to receive vaccination.

Blue button 65-74 Click to complete this survey for those 65-74 

Spanish survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CoVaClinic65?lang=es

Korean survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CoVaClinic65?lang=ko

Mandarin: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CoVaClinic65?lang=zh

Hakha Chin: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CoVaClinic65?lang=my

 

Non-Public School K-12 Educators, Higher Education & Licensed Childcare Providers

Adult licensed childcare providers, non-public school educators and staff, and higher education educators who live and/or work in Howard County may complete this survey. Information obtained in this survey will be used to inform you when clinics are available.  Documentation proving your live or work in Howard County will be required. Documentation of childcare business license or school affiliation will also be required.  Those without appropriate ID will be turned away. Higher Education staff will be vaccinated as supply becomes more available. Employees of Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) should NOT complete this survey. HCPSS employees should contact their administration directly for more information about vaccine registration.  Please note: State policy is for public school employees to be vaccinated in the county of their employer.

The Health Department is responsible for vaccinating educators working in Howard County only.  All others should seek vaccination in their respective jurisdictions.

Blue button -Educators & Childcare Providers Click to complete this survey

 

Healthcare Providers

If you are a Howard County healthcare provider and have not been vaccinated, please complete this survey.  Proof of your professional licensure and proof that you live or work for a provider in Howard County is required.

Blue button - Healthcare providers Click to complete our pre-registration survey.
 

Developmentally Disabled Adult Populations

The Howard County Health Department is planning COVID-19 vaccine clinics for Howard County adult residents (18+) with developmental disabilities and intellectual impairments. Please complete the registration survey so you can be contacted when vaccine is available. The intent of this group is to vaccinate persons with significant disabilities requiring support to live outside a congregant facility. Please note that a letter from a medical provider many be requested at the time of appointment to verify the person’s diagnosis.

DevelopmentalDisabilities Click to complete our pre-registration survey.

 

Phase 1C Groups

Those included in Phase 1C include: Essential Healthcare Workers not in 1A (such as lab services); Critical Manufacturing Workers (producing materials necessary for continued operations of essential businesses); Food/Agriculture Production Workers; US Postal Service and Mass Public Transit Workers (such as workers on bus, subway, train, planes); Grocery Store and Food Bank Workers; Veterinarian and Support Staff; Clergy and other essential support staff for houses of worship.

Completing this survey DOES NOT pre-register you for a vaccination clinic.  This survey provides the Health Department with your information so that once vaccination clinics are available for this group, we can contact you. 

Blue button indicating Phase 1C Click to complete our pre-registration survey.

Korean Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HoCoVaccine1C-3?lang=ko
Spanish Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HoCoVaccine1C-3?lang=es.
Chinese (Mandarin) Survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HoCoVaccine1C-3?lang=zh

 

Phase 2 

Those who are included in Phase 2 include residents 16-64 years old with medical conditions that place them at increased risk for COVID-19 (such as immunocompromised conditions, cancer, chronic kidney disease, sickle cell, heart conditions and diabetes; critical utility workers (such as wastewater and energy sectors); transportation and logistics workers (such as warehouse, truck stop/rest area, airport, roadside assistance, highway infastructure and distribution of food/medical materials); food service workers (such as restaurant workers).

Completing this survey DOES NOT pre-register you for a vaccination clinic.  This survey provides the Health Department with your information so that once vaccination clinics are available for this group, we can contact you. 

Blue button with Phase two   Click to complete our pre-registration survey.

Korean Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HoCoVaccine1C-3?lang=ko
Spanish Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HoCoVaccine1C-3?lang=es.
Chinese (Mandarin) Survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HoCoVaccine1C-3?lang=zh

 

Phase 3

Phase 3 includes other Howard County residents or workers 16-64 years old, who are healthy or without medical conditions that put them at incresed risk for sever COVID-19 illness.

Completing this survey DOES NOT pre-register you for a vaccination clinic.  This survey provides the Health Department with your information so that once vaccination clinics are available for this group, we can contact you. 

Blue button with Phase three  Click to complete our pre-registration survey.

Korean Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HoCoVaccine1C-3?lang=ko
Spanish Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HoCoVaccine1C-3?lang=es.
Chinese (Mandarin) Survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HoCoVaccine1C-3?lang=zh

 

Continuity of Government

At this time, local health departments have not been allocated vaccine for essential federal government employees/contractors or those under Continuity of Government. Federal law enforcement agencies should coordinate with the Maryland State Police for vaccination needs.  All federal non-law enforcement agencies should consider implementing their continuity of operations plans and request vaccine doses from FEMA through their leadership. Essential workers who may be eligible for vaccine should visit the State website for area clinics providing vaccine to those prioritized in Phase 1C: covidvax.maryland.gov.


Need more help?  Visit our Vaccine Registration Guidance page

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Vaccine FAQs

I am over age 75, am I now eligible to receive the vaccine?

  1. Yes. However, supply is extremely limited. There are more than 20,000 residents in this group in Howard County. You may currently pre-register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CoVaClinic75  

  1. Pre-registration does NOT book a vaccination appointment, it only provides the Health Department with your contact information, so you may be contacted when appointment slots are available.  

  1. After completing the pre-registration survey, you will not receive an immediate confirmation email.

  1. When appointments are available you will receive a link via email, they are booked incredibly fast because of the limited supply. 

  1. If you receive a registration link, but aren’t able to make an appointment because all the slots are filled, that’s OK. You won’t be removed from the email list. Continue monitoring your email for notification when new vaccine clinics are scheduled. 

  1. Unfortunately, information entered into www.marylandvax.org is not able to be saved. If you need to visit the website on more than one occasion to try and book an appointment, you will have to complete all the fields each time. 

  1. We’re are requesting more supply from the State every week, but can only administer what we receive. 

I am over age 65, am I now eligible to receive the vaccine?

  1. Howard County is still in Phase 1B. Residents 65-74 may pre-register online here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CoVaClinic65  

  1. Pre-registration does NOT book a vaccination appointment, it only provides the Health Department with your contact information, so you may be contacted when appointment slots are available.  

  1. After completing the pre-registration survey, you will not receive an immediate confirmation email.

  1. When Howard County begins Phase 1C and appointments are available you will be notified via email.  

  1. While the Governor has allowed local jurisdictions to enter Phase 1C beginning January 25, the Howard County Health Department will continue to prioritize Phase 1B groups until vaccine supply expands and more of our Phase 1B population has been vaccinated. 

I am an educator in Phase 1B, how do I schedule an appointment?

  1. If you are a HCPSS staff member, please reach out to your administration who will be coordinating registering for vaccine appointments once supply is available. Currently supply is very limited. 

  1. If you are a non-public school educator or childcare provider, please complete this survey to pre-register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CoVaClinic_Ed

  1. Pre-registration does NOT book a vaccination appointment, it only provides the Health Department with your contact information, so you may be contacted when appointment slots are available.  

  1. After completing the pre-registration survey, you will not receive an immediate confirmation email.

  1. When appointments are available you will receive a link via email, they are booked incredibly fast because of the limited supply. 

  1. We’re are requesting more supply from the State every week, but can only administer what we receive.

I am a first responder/law enforcement officer who lives in Howard County? Can I get my vaccine here?

  1. All Federal law enforcement agencies should coordinate with the Maryland State Police on their vaccine needs.  

  1. Individuals who are currently eligible for vaccination based on their occupations should first check with their employers to see if vaccination arrangements have already been made. If not, they should contact the local health department in the localities where they work. These individuals are at high risk of exposure to COVID-19 based on where they work. 

If I am a federal government employee/contractor, am I eligible for vaccine?

  1. Employees and contractors of the federal government should first check with their agency to determine vaccination plans. Many federal government agencies have plans for vaccinating their essential employees. 

  1. Due to limited vaccine supply, the Health Department is currently in Phase 1B and only providing vaccine through “continuity of government” to designated County government employees.  

  1. Upon entering Phase 1C, the Health Department will follow State vaccine prioritization guidelines in administering vaccine:  https://covidlink.maryland.gov/content/vaccine/  

I care for an adult with a developmental disability, how can we pre-register for vaccine?

The Howard County Health Department is planning COVID-19 vaccine clinics for adult residents with developmental disabilities and intellectual impairments. Please complete the pre-registration survey so you can be contacted when vaccine is available. Please note that a letter from a medical provider many be requested at the time of appointment to verify the person’s diagnosis. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CoVaClinic_DD

The intent of this group is to vaccinate persons with significant disabilities requiring support to live outside a congregant facility.

Who will be vaccinated in "Continuity of Government"

  1. Guidance provided to local jurisdictions by the Maryland Department of Health

  1. Local elected officials should be prioritized as extra doses become available by the relevant local health departments. 

  1. All federal non-law enforcement agencies should consider implementing their continuity of operations plans (COOP) and request the relevant doses from FEMA. 

  1. All local government (at the county and municipal levels) agencies shall coordinate with their local health department on vaccination priorities. As extra doses become available, local health departments should vaccinate those agencies with a focus on continuity of government operations. 

  1. All other state agencies should follow the January 25, 2021 DBM guidance

Who is currently receiving vaccines?

  1. Phase 1A healthcare providers and first responders. 

  1. Phase 1B adults 75+ 

  2. Licensed childcare providers/K-12 private/parochial school educators & staff who live or work in Howard County.

  3. Adults with developmental disabilities

When will Phase 1C start?

  1. We are prioritizing vaccinating a majority of each phase before moving on to additional phases.  

  1. As soon as appointments are available for residents in Phase 1C, they will be notified.

Who is eligible for vaccine in Phase 1C?

  1. Howard County residents ages 65-74:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CoVaClinic65 

  2. The State has prioritized the following essential employee groups in Phase 1C: essential healthcare workers not in Phase 1A (ex: lab services), critical manufacturing workers, food/agriculture production workers, US Postal Service and mass transit workers, grocery store and food bank workers, veterinarians and support staff, clergy and other essential support staff for houses of worship. 

  1. The vaccine interest survey for those groups is available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HoCoVaccine1C-3 

  1. Individuals who are currently eligible for vaccination based on their occupations should first check with their employers to see if vaccination arrangements have already been made. If not, they should contact the local health department in the localities where they work. These individuals are at high risk of exposure to COVID-19 based on where they work. 

My family member or friend over 75 doesn’t use computers, how can I schedule them for a vaccine appointment?

  1. You can complete the pre-registration survey for them and use your email address to help them monitor communications about upcoming vaccination clinics and appointment instructions. 

  1. Those unable to pre-register using the online survey may also call 410-313-6284, or call the MAP Line at 410-313-1234 or email [email protected] for assistance. 

Can my caregiver come with me to get vaccinated?

When you make a vaccine appointment, someone can come with you to help you, but they cannot receive vaccine unless they are also part of a group eligible to receive vaccine.

Where else can I be vaccinated?

  1. You can visit the Maryland COVID-19 vaccine website for more information about local pharmacies providing vaccine, State mass vaccination sites, and more than 100 state providers who are currently administering vaccine: covidvax.maryland.gov.  

  1. As vaccine supply expands, more pharmacies and other healthcare providers will be able to offer vaccine.

Can I get vaccine at the hospital?

  1. Hospitals have limited vaccine they are providing to current and past patients. If the hospital has prioritized you for vaccination, you will be contacted directly with more information. 

  1. The state has expanded eligibility for some severely immunocompromised individuals, such as those receiving chemotherapy, and those with certain immune disorders who require frequent medical care. Those individuals will be eligible to receive vaccinations through hospital-based providers. Contact your healthcare provider or visit covidvax.maryland.gov for more information. 

How is Howard County handling/distributing leftover vaccine? Are any doses being wasted at the end of a day?

The HCHD team works carefully to ensure that no doses go to waste, and with clinics operating daily or nearly daily, we are keeping our supply moving constantly. In fact, our team is currently staffed to offer more appointments than we have doses - though we hope to keep receiving more as soon as they become available, and are encouraged that our efficiency will keep our supply moving quickly.

If I live in Howard County, do I have to get vaccinated here?

  1. Each jurisdiction in the State has different procedures for vaccine administration. You should contact the vaccine site directly to determine eligibility requirements. 

  1.  In Howard County, you must either live or work in an eligible profession (first responder/law enforcement, healthcare worker, educator, childcare) to receive vaccine from the Howard County Health Department.