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 Maryland residents ages 16 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 Maryland residents ages 16 and older are eligible for vaccine at any state vaccination site (depending on vaccine supply).

  2. The Health Department typically administers the Moderna vaccine, which has only been authorized for adults ages 18 and older.

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

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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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Can I sign up on a variety of sites and locations at the same time?
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Yes. Please feel free to sign up at multiple vaccination sites.  This does not hurt your placement in "line" as each location has a separate data system. 

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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.

The Health Department typically administers the Moderna vaccine. Clinics where other vaccine types are available are noted on our website: vaccine.howardcountymd.gov. Each State vaccine clinic does list the vaccine that is being provided, however that information is generally only provided during registration. 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.

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