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Like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Maryland Department of Health, and medical providers across the country, the University of Maryland strongly believes that the COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from getting the disease, in addition to following preventive measures. We will continue to update this page as new information becomes available.

Vaccine Availability and Distribution at UMD

We do not yet have any vaccines available at the University of Maryland. We do not yet have a timeline for when we might receive the vaccine on campus. The supply of COVID-19 vaccines in Maryland is still limited.
The University Health Center and the Task Force on Vaccine Distribution are actively planning for safe and efficient vaccination of the UMD community as soon as we have doses of the vaccine. When it is available to our campus, we will follow the CDC and State of Maryland guidelines for equitable vaccine distribution. 
While the vaccine is not yet available at UMD, the State of Maryland is distributing the vaccine for eligible populations through hospitals, health departments, and pharmacies. Eligible UMD students and employees should pursue vaccination through these programs as it becomes available

Eligibility for the Vaccine in Maryland

The State of Maryland has expanded to Phase 1C for vaccine distribution. Anyone age 65 and over, as well as many frontline service workers, are eligible to receive the vaccine. 
Being in an eligible phase means that you are allowed to pre-register for the vaccine and will be contacted and offered the vaccine when it is available. Being eligible does not mean that you will be able to receive the vaccine right away.
Due to limited vaccine availability, the most at-risk groups in phases 1A and 1B who haven’t yet completed their vaccinations are receiving priority. As such, elderly and vulnerable populations, who are at the highest risk for serious illness and death should they contract the virus, are being prioritized.

UMD faculty, staff and graduate assistants who are teaching in person or working on campus in essential roles are included in phases 1B and 1C under the state's vaccination distribution plan for higher education. According to guidance from the University System of Maryland, eligible employees are those who are regularly on campus in the following positions and departments:

  • Housekeeping
  • Dining Halls
  • Residence Life
  • Facilities Maintenance
  • Health Centers
  • Public Safety
  • Campus Transportation
  • Faculty
  • Employees providing in-person education or student support services
  • Employees with potential contact with students living in residence halls
  • Employees who require on-campus housing

Students living on campus, in College Park or in the state of Maryland who meet the criteria for one of the high-risk groups in phase 1A, 1B or 1C not related to higher education may be eligible to receive the vaccine off-campus. 

All students are encouraged to regularly check the vaccine distribution plan in their local area or state to determine if or when you are eligible and to find instructions for how to register for the vaccine.

How and Where to Get Vaccinated

Registering to Receive the Vaccine
Check with your healthcare provider, local health departments and local hospitals for information on signing up to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Stay aware of public announcements regarding vaccinations offered through certain retail outlets, such as Giant and Walmart. 
Finding a Vaccination Site
Prince George’s County Residents and UMD Employees
Currently, Prince George’s County is offering Phase 1B and 1C vaccinations to residents and to eligible UMD employees if there is vaccine availability. Pre-register on the county’s website to receive an appointment as they become available.

After Getting Vaccinated

It is important to continue following the 4 Maryland healthy behaviors even after being vaccinated. Wearing a mask, physical distancing, washing your hands, and getting tested every two weeks are still expected of everyone coming to campus.


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