Vaccine Phases: Who Is Eligible Now?
UMMS and its affiliated hospitals are distributing the COVID vaccines in phases outlined by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) and the State of Maryland.
Currently, people in Phases 1a, 1b and 1c are being vaccinated.
On January 25, Maryland expanded vaccination eligibility to people in Phase 1c, which includes:
- Adults ages 65-74
- Health care workers not covered in Phase 1a, including but not limited to lab services, public health and vaccine manufacturing
- Essential workers in food/agriculture production, critical manufacturing, grocery stores, U.S. Postal Service, public mass transit, veterinarians and support staff, and clergy and other essential support staff for houses of worship
- Higher education institutional front line workers with potential contact with students living in residence halls (congregate living), facilities maintenance, dining hall and campus police
- Direct support professionals caring for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
- As of February 1, Maryland expanded eligibility for this group to include individuals who are currently receiving hospital-based treatment, including in hospital outpatient centers, AND are diagnosed with one of the following:
- 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)
- Note: Individuals who are diagnosed with these conditions but are not currently receiving hospital-based treatment, including in hospital outpatient centers, will be eligible to get the vaccine in Phase 2.
As of January 18, Maryland expanded vaccination eligibility to people in Phase 1b, which includes:
- People 75 years or older
- People who live in assisted or senior living facilities
- People with intellectual or developmental disabilities, including individuals who live in developmental disabilities/behavioral health group homes
- K-12 teachers and support staff, childcare providers, higher education institutions
- Educational facilities include licensed childcare facilities, K-12 (both public school systems and nonpublic schools), and higher educational institutions.
- Government workers
The initial phase, Phase 1a, called for health care workers, nursing home residents and staff, first responders and public safety personnel to be among the first to receive the vaccine.
Learn more about the phased roll-out of the COVID vaccine In Maryland.
If you are eligible to be vaccinated in the above phases. Learn how you can request an vaccination appointment.