VA Maryland Health Care System
COVID-19 Vaccine Information from the VA Maryland Health Care System
The VA Maryland Health Care System has been selected as one of 37 VA sites to receive a limited supply of the initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The health care system was selected for its ability to vaccinate large numbers of people and store the vaccine at extremely cold temperatures.
The vaccine will first be provided to front-line VA health care workers, Veterans residing in long-term care units and inpatients with spinal cord injuries. As vaccine supplies increase, additional Veterans will be contacted and scheduled to receive the vaccine based on factors such as age, existing health problems and other considerations that increase the risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19. Veterans do not need to call and request the vaccine since they will be contacted and scheduled based on the CDC designated risk factors as vaccine supplies increase.
Even as the vaccine is being distributed, please remember to continue wearing a mask in public, washing your hands, and staying at least 6 feet from others who do not live with you. It is our hope that a vaccine will help us all come through this pandemic together.
You can find additional information about the vaccine at this website: VA COVID-19 Vaccines.
COVID-19 Vaccine Questions & Answers:
Question: How will I know when I can get the vaccine?
Answer: As the supply of vaccine increases, Veterans will be contacted and scheduled to receive the vaccine based on CDC designated risk factors. You do not need to call and request the vaccine since you will be contacted and scheduled when appropriate.
Question: Why do I need a COVID-19 vaccine?
Answer: COVID-19 has caused severe illness and death around the world. This is, in part, because the virus that causes COVID-19 spreads easily from person to person. The vaccine helps to prevent people from becoming infected and is the best way to slow or stop the spread of the virus.
Question: How many doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will I need to take?
Answer: The number of doses you’ll need of a COVID-19 vaccine will vary depending on the vaccine. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses, given 21 or 28 days apart, depending on the vaccine.