APTA Maryland COVID-19 Vaccine Update and Guidance

January 12, 2021

January 13th Update on Baltimore Citfor PTs/PTAs Residing or Working in Baltimore City Only - COVID-19 Vaccine - Available 1/11/21 – 1/29/21 (BCHD). Read full announcement for links to schedule your appt. 

January 11th Update: The CDC has information for health care providers who want training on COVID-19 vaccine here. If you registered to volunteer through the Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps they will be hosting virtual COVID-19 vaccination training. Their website is Maryland Responds

January 5th UPDATE: Maryland local health departments (LDH) will be preparing to vaccinate licensed health care professionals this week and throughout this month. Each LDH is responsible for administering vaccines in their jurisdiction. At this time, we have been instructed to refer all individuals to their LDH to schedule a time to be vaccinated. We have not received any information whether it is the LDH where you work or reside our recommendation is you can contact either unless the LDH says otherwise. Some LDH have vaccine surveys to help identify health care workers in outpatients and private practice settings.

  • Phase 1A The state continues to progress through Phase 1A, and has expanded the priority populations to include all licensed, registered, and certified healthcare providers. Local health departments have begun to make arrangements with providers to get them vaccinated in the coming days and weeks. Vaccinations will also soon be underway for correctional officers, law enforcement agencies, and front line judiciary staff. Overall, Phase 1A includes more than 500,000 Marylanders.
APTAMD has sent letters to Governor Hogan and Secretary of Health Schrader, asking them to prioritize PTs and PTAs for the COVID vaccine. We will continue to advocate and share updates.

Many counties have developed surveys to locate community health care provider to be prioritized for vaccine distribution. APTAMD has been calling and checking Local Departments of Health (LDH). We have been adding county surveys, emails, phone numbers if provided. For a complete listing of Maryland LDH, click here.

APTAMD and APTA successfully advocated for PTs and PTAs to be prioritized as critical, essential health care workers.

Additional Resources

STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS EXPAND PROVIDERS’ ABILITY TO ADMINISTER VACCINES

State health officials issued an emergency order that expands the scope of practice so that any licensed healthcare provider—including doctors, nurses, paramedics, and pharmacists—can administer the COVID-19 vaccine with appropriate training and supervision. The order reiterates that healthcare providers who already have the statutory authority to administer vaccines can administer the COVID-19 vaccine. Since some COVID-19 vaccines require dilution before being administered, the order also authorizes licensed healthcare providers to prepare the vaccine after receiving training. Click for directive and order details
 
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