Vaccine Progress

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Current Status

Talbot County Health Department will officially follow the state’s vaccination phase schedule
Everyone eligible under a previous phase (e.g., 1A, 1B, 1C) will continue to be eligible under all subsequent phases.

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*Note that, all Marylanders 16 and older with disabilities will be included in Phase 2B, which begins on Tuesday, March 30

Phase 2A includes: 
  • Adults age 60 and older

Phase 1C includes:
  • Adults age 65 and older
  • Essential workers in lab services, food/agriculture production, critical manufacturing, public mass transit, grocery store employees, and the U.S. Postal Service
  • Veterinarians and support staff
  • Clergy and other essential support for houses of worship​
  • I​ndividuals who are currently receiving hospital-based treatment, including in hospital outpatient centers, AND diagnosed with at least one of the following conditions (These recipients are eligible to receive vaccines through hospital-based vaccine providers):
    • Cancer patients who are currently in active treatment
    • End stage renal disease patients requiring hemodialysis
    • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
    • Solid organ transplant recipients
    • Sickle cell disease patients
    • Diabetic patients (Type 1 and Type 2)

Phase 1B includes:
  • Adults age 75 and older
  • Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Individuals of any age in: assisted living, independent living, behavioral health and developmentally disabled group homes, and other congregate facilities
  • Education (K-12 teachers and support staff from both public and nonpublic school systems, including those who work in pre-primary, primary, and secondary schools, as well as Head Start and Early Head Start programs; licensed childcare providers; and higher educational institutions)
  • Continuity of government (coordinated through local government)
  • Public safety workers not covered in Phase 1A
  • Health care workers not covered in Phase 1A, included but not limited to lab services, public health, vaccine manufacturing and other health care professions

All eligible individuals with questions or who seek assistance with the vaccination process should call our vaccination call center at 410-819-5641. ​ 

Individuals who are currently eligible for vaccination based on their occupations should check with their employers to see if vaccination arrangements have already been made. If not, they should contact the local health department in the county where they work

Individuals who are currently eligible for vaccination because of their age or because they have high-risk medical conditions as identified by the CDC should contact their local health department in the localities where they live. They may also seek out vaccination appointments through other vaccinators, including state-run mass vaccination sites, retail pharmacies, and healthcare providers.

Please complete the relevant pre-registration form for your eligibility category to be on our list to receive an appointment email when vaccine supply is available:

COVID-19 VACCINATION PRE-REGISTRATION FOR TALBOT RESIDENTS AGE 16 AND OLDER WITH OR WITHOUT HIGH RISK MEDICAL CONDITIONS

Talbot Residents who have not yet received a vaccine elsewhere are invited to indicate their interested in getting vaccinated by completing the following form. 
If you have already pre-registered on the forms for individuals aged 75 and older or aged 65-74, please note we have your information and will continue to reach out with current status and appointment information. You do not need to pre-register again. 
Please note: You WILL NOT receive an appointment after completing the survey. This is an interest form with the purpose of collecting contact information so that we can reach out when appointments are available.
What's next?  We will reach out to you with instructions on how to schedule a vaccine appointment when vaccines are available. 


A point of contact for businesses and employers should pre-register on this form to indicate to us the number of employees and staff interested in getting vaccinated. We will reach out to you with instructions on how to schedule appointments for your employees and staff when vaccine appointments are available. 

COVID-19 VACCINATION PRE-REGISTRATION FOR PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL OR DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITES (IDD)

Talbot residents with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD) are invited to complete a vaccination interest form. IDD individuals are eligible in Maryland's Phase 1B. 
Please note: You WILL NOT receive an appointment after completing the survey. This is an interest form with the purpose of collecting contact information so that we can reach out when appointments are available.
What's next?  We will reach out to you with instructions on how to schedule a vaccine appointment when vaccines are available. ​

COVID-19 VACCINATION PRE-REGISTRATION FOR TALBOT CHILD CARE WORKERS 

Licensed child care workers who live or work in Talbot County are invited to complete a vaccination interest form.  We are currently in Phase 1B of vaccine administration, and are scheduling vaccine appointments for child care workers.
Please note: You WILL NOT receive an appointment after completing the survey. This is an interest form with the purpose of collecting contact information so that we can reach out when vaccine is available.
What's next?  When vaccine appointments are available, you or your center will receive an email sign up link to register for vaccine appointments.

COVID-19 Vaccine Pre-Registration for Talbot Health Care workers


Talbot County is currently vaccinating healthcare workers who qualify for Phase 1A.  Healthcare workers are defined as anyone who is licensed, certified, or registered with a healthcare professional board overseen by the Maryland Department of Health (https://health.maryland.gov/Pages/boards.ASPX). 
If you are a healthcare provider, please complete the form as soon as possible, and you will be emailed a link to register for an appointment." 


Vaccine Call Center

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The COVID-19 vaccination helpline is available to help answer vaccination questions, to verify pre-registration status, and even to help individuals sign up for a vaccine appointment if they are unable to register themselves through the online vaccine appointment system. 
 

Background

In December 2020, pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Moderna were granted Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for COVID-19 vaccines.

This means the vaccine has been tested and is considered safe and effective for the general public to take.

How do they work?

Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are known as mRNA vaccines. 

Messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines help our body develop immunity against COVID-19. Immunity means that your body will quickly recognize the virus that causes COVID-19 and will protect you from getting sick. 

  • ​mRNA vaccines do not change your DNA
  • mRNA vaccines do not cause disease
  • mRNA vaccines are not weakened COVID19 viruses
The Moderna and Pfizer vaccine require 2 separate doses for it to reach full efficacy. 
  • ​The Pfizer vaccine requires doses 21 days apart.
  • The Moderna vaccine requires doses 28 days apart.

What are the differences between the Moderna Vaccine and the Pfizer Vaccine?

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Side Effects of the COVID-19 Vaccines

After getting the vaccine, some may experience side effects. These side effects are common to vaccines, are usually mild to moderate, and usually go away 1-2 days after vaccination. People may experience more side effects after Dose #2.

Side Effects May Include:

  • ​Pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Lymph node swelling
  • Joint pain
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle pain