• English

    Google Translate Disclaimer

    The Maryland Department of Information Technology (“DoIT”) offers translations of the content through Google Translate. Because Google Translate is an external website, DoIT does not control the quality or accuracy of translated content. All DoIT content is filtered through Google Translate which may result in unexpected and unpredictable degradation of portions of text, images and the general appearance on translated pages. Google Translate may maintain unique privacy and use policies. These policies are not controlled by DoIT and are not associated with DoIT’s privacy and use policies. After selecting a translation option, users will be notified that they are leaving DoIT’s website. Users should consult the original English content on DoIT’s website if there are any questions about the translated content.

    DoIT uses Google Translate to provide language translations of its content. Google Translate is a free, automated service that relies on data and technology to provide its translations. The Google Translate feature is provided for informational purposes only. Translations cannot be guaranteed as exact or without the inclusion of incorrect or inappropriate language. Google Translate is a third-party service and site users will be leaving DoIT to utilize translated content. As such, DoIT does not guarantee and does not accept responsibility for, the accuracy, reliability, or performance of this service nor the limitations provided by this service, such as the inability to translate specific files like PDFs and graphics (e.g. .jpgs, .gifs, etc.).

    DoIT provides Google Translate as an online tool for its users, but DoIT does not directly endorse the website or imply that it is the only solution available to users. All site visitors may choose to use alternate tools for their translation needs. Any individuals or parties that use DoIT content in translated form, whether by Google Translate or by any other translation services, do so at their own risk. DoIT is not liable for any loss or damages arising out of, or issues related to, the use of or reliance on translated content. DoIT assumes no liability for any site visitor’s activities in connection with use of the Google Translate functionality or content.

    The Google Translate service is a means by which DoIT offers translations of content and is meant solely for the convenience of non-English speaking users of the website. The translated content is provided directly and dynamically by Google; DoIT has no direct control over the translated content as it appears using this tool. Therefore, in all contexts, the English content, as directly provided by DoIT is to be held authoritative.


    August 24, 2022

    Media Contacts:

    Deidre McCabe, Director of Communications, 410-767-3536

    Chase Cook, Deputy Director for Media Relations, 410-767-8649

    Maryland health and education officials urge parents to keep COVID vaccinations on their back-to-school checklist

    Baltimore, MD—With summer vacations ending and schools heading back into session, Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) are urging parents statewide to keep COVID vaccinations and boosters at the top of their back to school checklist to keep their children and schools COVIDReady all fall.  


    “Our children deserve the strongest protection against COVID, exactly like they do with other potentially dangerous childhood diseases such as polio and measles,” said MDH Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services Dr. Jinlene Chan. “If you have not already done so, please get your children updated on all their required vaccines and protect against COVID at the same time as part of your back to school routine this year. We can work together to keep our kids safely learning and growing together.”


    MDH has worked in partnership with the MSDE since 2020 to help keep Maryland students protected against COVID-19 in schools, including organizing K-12 COVID testing programs and initiatives statewide and co-hosting COVID vaccination clinics. This year the emphasis for school safety is on what every Marylander can do to be safe and COVIDReady, and pediatric vaccinations and boosters are a key component in back-to-school success.


    “We are excited to bring our students, teachers and staff back into schools for a new school year of learning, discovery and growth. As we come back together, it is important to focus on each of our roles to keep our school communities safe and healthy,” said Maryland Superintendent of Schools Mr. Mohammed Choudhury. “We are asking for the partnership of our families and parents to help keep schools safe by ensuring children are current on all routine childhood vaccines, as well as the COVID vaccine.” 


    Currently, about 44.9% of Maryland children aged 5-11 are fully vaccinated against COVID, with an additional 15.5% percent having received a single recommended booster. For children 12-17, about 78.8% are fully vaccinated with 36.4% having received a booster. Among Marylanders aged 6 months to 4 years, approximately 9.6% have gotten at least one shot of the Moderna and Pfizer pediatric vaccines authorized in June, with 2.6% percent fully vaccinated against COVID.


    Pediatricians in the community, such as Dr. Monique Soileau-Burke from Columbia, said that many parents of young children have not gotten their kids a COVID vaccine because they believe the vaccine is new and potentially unsafe, and COVID is not a serious threat to their children’s health.


    “Many parents tell me that they feel that  COVID is not that dangerous for kids, but unfortunately that is just not true. I’ve had young patients become hospitalized with severe COVID illness, as have my colleagues,” said Dr. Burke. “And at least half of all children who have been hospitalized for COVID nationwide had no underlying health issues before they got sick. I’m urging families to choose a safe and effective vaccine over a potentially dangerous disease.”


    Among children infected with COVID in the United States, more than 140,000 have been hospitalized and more than 1,700 have died since the start of the pandemic.  More than 28 million children nationwide have received the vaccine, and evidence shows that it is effective at preventing severe illness and hospitalization from COVID. 


    Maryland parents can find immunization information for their children, including information about COVID vaccines, at MarylandVax.org. Information for parents and caregivers about COVID and the value of vaccinating and boosting to go back to school can be found at Information for Parents.

    For more information on COVID-19 resources, visit covidLINK.maryland.gov


    The Maryland Department of Health is dedicated to protecting and improving the health and safety of all Marylanders through disease prevention, access to care, quality management and community engagement. 


    Follow us at http://www.twitter.com/MDHealthDept and https://www.facebook.com/MDHealthDept