Whether you're looking to get tested, vaccinated, or find general information to guide you and your organization, see our resources below for Howard County residents regarding COVID-19.
Information About Booster Shots and 3rd Doses
The FDA and CDC have authorized booster shots of the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines for certain individuals. Please review the following information to determine if you are eligible for a booster shot.
If you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you are eligible for any vaccine booster shot, if you are 18 years of age or older, two months following your initial vaccination.
If you received the Pfizer or Moderna* vaccine, the following groups are eligible for any vaccine booster shot six months following your initial vaccination:
- 65 years and older
- Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
- Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
- Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings
*The Moderna booster shot is half of the initial vaccine dose.
Though no proof or doctor's note will be required at HCHD-run clinics, individuals will be asked to self-attest that they are eligible for a booster shot. Documentation of your previous vaccine series will be required. Either bring your vaccine card or verify your vaccine information has been accurately recorded in Immunet, the State of Maryland Immunization database. Individuals should talk to their healthcare provider about their specific situation, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.
Find more information about Booster Shots from the CDC here. Booster shots are also available from local pharmacies, retail stores, and/or your medical provider. Individuals who need assistance scheduling an appointment should call 410-313-6284.
The Health Department continues to administer 3rd doses of mRNA (Pfizer and Moderna) vaccine to individuals considered moderately to severely immunocompromised at all Health Department-run clinics. Individuals should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.
The CDC provides additional information about those individuals that may meet the criteria for immunocompromised here. Though no proof or doctor's note will be required at HCHD-run clinics, individuals will be asked to self-attest that they are immunocompromised and eligible for a 3rd vaccine dose. Please bring your vaccine card with you to verify the vaccine type you should receive.
CARES Act Spending Dashboard
Restaurants and bars that do not currently have outdoor table service or need to expand existing outdoor table service can apply for a Temporary Use Permit for Outdoor Table Service by visiting: https://accela1.howardcountymd.gov/citizenaccess/.
If the proposed outdoor seating is located on private property, businesses may provisionally set up and begin using the outdoor seating; however Howard County may suspend, revoke, or require modifications to the arrangement should conditions conflict with Howard County guidelines or safe operations arise. If the proposed outdoor seating is located on county property, businesses must wait for their permit to be issued before setting up new seating.
If you are unsure if your situation needs a permit, please read through this flowchart.
'HoCo Food Distribution' is a mapping tool that lists the different meal, grocery, and other free food distribution sites around Howard County for those in need. Check out the map here.
‘HoCo Food Go,’ is a resource which lists and maps different delivery and carryout options for Howard County restaurants. Check out the map here.
'HoCo Farm Connect' is a resource which lists and maps Howard County farms that are selling produce, dairy, meat and more directly to residents. Check out the map here.
'HoCo Donation Collection' is a tool which lists and maps locations for Howard County residents to drop-off product donations needed during the COVID-19 pandemic.Check out the map here.
What is HoCo Rise?
HoCo RISE is Howard County Executive Calvin Ball’s plan of Reopening Innovatively, Safely, and Effectively within the framework laid out by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. HoCo RISE uses data to inform decision-making around reopening and, if necessary, when to maintain our restrictions:
- The number of new cases.
- The number of new hospitalizations.
- The number of patients admitted to ICU.
- The number of tests conducted.
- The amount of available PPE.
- Surge capacity at Howard County General Hospital (HCGH).
- HoCo RISE follows the Governor’s guidance on the building blocks for reopening
To view the complete HoCo RISE framework, please click here.
Howard County is offering HoCo RISE Business Grants funded through its allocation of the CARES Act. To learn more about how to apply and if you're eligible for a business grant, please click here. To see how Howard County has spent its CARES Act funding, please view our new dashboard here.
HoCo RISE Collaborative
County Executive Ball established the collaborative through Executive Order . The HoCo RISE Collaborative is chaired by former Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, will be supported by the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, and is made up of five independent workgroups that will develop and provide recommendations on the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, including:
- Jobs and the Economy
- Education and Workforce Development
- Public Health Response
- Family Opportunities
- Government Response