COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to your questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccine myths
When, Where & How to Get Vaccine
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Where is a list of all the different vaccination sites in Maryland?
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The following website will help you locate all vaccine clinics near you: https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/pages/vaccine.

A list of upcoming Health Department vaccine clinics can be found here: vaccine.howardcountymd.gov.

All Marylanders ages 12 and older are eligible for vaccine at all state vaccination sites (depending on vaccine supply). Appointments are still required at some vaccine locations.

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Who is eligible for vaccine in Howard County?
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  1. All Marylanders ages 12 and older are eligible for vaccine at any state vaccination site (depending on vaccine supply).

  2. The Health Department typically offers all three vaccines at its clinics. Visit vaccine.howardcountymd.gov to confirm the vaccine supply at a Health Department clinic.

  3. Appointments are still required at some vaccination sites.

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How can I pre-register for vaccine with the Health Department?
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  1. An updated list of vaccine clinics is posted on our website weekly and can be found here: vaccine.howardcountymd.gov.

  2. Appointments are encouraged, but many vaccine clinics also offer walk-up vaccinations (while supplies last).

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Can someone help me register? I am unable to access a computer.
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  1. Somone can complete the pre-registration survey for you and use their email address to help monitor communications about upcoming vaccination clinics and appointment instructions. 

  1. You can also call 410-313-6284 for assistance completing the Howard County Health Department survey and call 855-MD-GoVAX (855-634-6829) for assistance from the state of Maryland. 

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Can my caregiver come with me to get vaccinated?
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When you make a vaccine appointment, someone can come with you to help you. They would also be able to receive vaccine, if eligible.

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Can I get vaccine from my healthcare provider or the hospital?
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Hospitals and some healthcare providers have vaccine available for patients. You should visit the website or call your healthcare providers (or the hospital where you are a patient) to determine their vaccine availability and how to make an appointment.

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If I live in Howard County do I have to get vaccinated here?
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  1. Each vaccination site in the State has different procedures for vaccine administration. You should contact the vaccine site directly to determine eligibility requirements.

  2. Anyone interested in and eligible to receive vaccine is encouraged to contact multiple vaccination sites for the best chance to secure a vaccine appointment. 

  3. The Howard County Health Department provides vaccine to anyone eligible to receive vaccine based on their age.

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Where can I find information in languages other than English?
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The following two website have some information available in alternative languages:  https://covidlink.maryland.gov/content/vaccine/#maryland has information in English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, French, Creole and Korean.

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Can I get more than one type of vaccine?
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No. According to the CDC: "A single, valid vaccination series (i.e., either a two-dose mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series or a single dose of Janssen COVID-19 vaccine) should be administered. People are not recommended to receive more than one complete COVID-19 vaccination series."

Because additional vaccinations are not recommended per current CDC guidelines, the Health Department is unable to vaccinate persons previously fully vaccinated, at this time.

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Which vaccine type should I receive?
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Each of the vaccines authorized for use by the FDA have been proven to be safe and effective at preventing serious illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. If you are offered the opportunity to receive any vaccination, you should take it, regardless of vaccine type.

You can find a complete list of State vaccine sites here: covidvax.maryland.gov.

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Does the Health Department provide walk-up vaccine appointments?
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Some Health Department clinics have begun to offer walk-up appointments. Please check our website vaccine.howardcountymd.gov to confirm an appointment is not required.

Updated clinics are posted weekly. Please continue to check our vaccine page for new appointment availability.

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What can I do if I missed my second vaccine appointment?
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If you missed your second scheduled Moderna vaccine appointment, call 410-313-6284 or email [email protected] to schedule a new appointment.

You can also visit any Health Department walk-up vaccine clinic to receive your second dose if you have missed your scheduled second dose Moderna appointment.

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How can I confirm my second dose appointment?
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After completing your on-site registration for your second vaccine dose, you will receive a confirmation email from "Vaccination Clinics " with the details of your second dose appointment. You will receive a reminder email 24 hours before your second dose appointment from the same email address. If you have received this message, your second dose is confirmed and you do not need to do anything else. If you have not received the confirmation message, please check your spam folder. If you cannot locate your second dose appointment confirmation, you can call us at 410-313-6284 or email [email protected].

Information for Immigrants
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Can I get a vaccine if I’m undocumented?
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Yes, HCHD COVID-19 vaccination clinics do NOT collect information about immigration status. We do NOT share personal participant information with immigration authorities.

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No, you can get a vaccine even if you are undocumented. HCHD COVID-19 vaccination clinics do NOT collect information about immigration status. We do NOT share personal participant information with immigration authorities.

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What documents do I need to bring with me for my vaccine appointment?
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Photo ID that shows your birthdate – Driver’s license, passport, etc.
Proof of Howard county address – utility bill, credit card statement, medical bill, etc.

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Why do I need to bring proof of ID and address to my vaccine appointment?
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This documentation is used to verify identity and where you live to confirm vaccine eligibility. HCHD COVID-19 vaccination clinics do NOT collect information about immigration status. We do NOT share personal participant information with immigration authorities. The Health Department does not maintain possession of this information.

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Is getting the vaccine part of public charge? Or will getting my vaccine affect my immigration process?
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No, COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccination are NOT part of Public Charge. ("Public Charge" means any immigrant who receives one or more public benefits for more than 12 months total within a 36-month period.) HCHD COVID-19 vaccination clinics do NOT collect information about immigration status. They do NOT share personal participant information with immigration authorities.

Additional Dose for Immunocompromised Individuals
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Who needs an additional COVID-19 vaccine?
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Currently, CDC is recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive an additional dose. This includes people who have:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response

People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.

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Where can I get an additional dose if I am moderately to severely immunocompromised?
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First, people should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.

Individuals can go to any vaccination sites offering the mRNA vaccine they received for their first two doses. This includes: state vaccination sites, local health departments, pharmacies, retail stores, and other healthcare providers. You can find a list of Health Department clinics here.

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What vaccine type should I get for my 3rd dose
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The same mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) that you received for your first two doses. Currently, the FDA and CDC have not authorized the J&J vaccine for an additional dose and individuals who received the J&J vaccine are not recommended to receive additional doses at this time. Further guidance from the FDA and CDC is needed.

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If I got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, should I get an additional dose?
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Currently, the FDA and CDC have not authorized the J&J vaccine for an additional dose. There is not enough data at this time to determine whether immunocompromised people who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine also have an improved antibody response following an additional dose of the same vaccine. Further guidance from the FDA and CDC is needed.

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How long after my initial COVID-19 vaccines can I get an additional dose?
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CDC recommends the additional dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine be administered at least four weeks after a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.

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What are the risks of receiving an additional vaccine dose?
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There is limited information about the risks of receiving an additional dose of vaccine, and the safety, efficacy, and benefit of additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine in immunocompromised people continues to be evaluated. So far, reactions reported after the third mRNA dose were similar to that of the two-dose series: fatigue and pain at injection site were the most commonly reported side effects, and overall, most symptoms were mild to moderate.

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I got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and I would now like to receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. What should I do?
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A single, valid vaccination series (i.e., a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine) should be administered. People are not recommended to receive more than one complete COVID-19 vaccination series. At this time, no booster shots have been recommended by the CDC. Further guidance from the FDA and CDC is needed regarding additional shots for those who have received the J&J vaccine.

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I am not immunocompromised. When can I get a booster shot?
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Booster shots have not yet been authorized by the FDA and CDC. Further guidance is needed before booster shots will be available for any person who has previously been vaccinated. The Howard County Health Department is actively preparing for authorization of booster shots by the FDA and CDC and stands ready to begin administering them in the community following federal guidelines.

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