White Maryland residents have gotten 4 times the COVID vaccine doses as Black people, a gap not improving with increased eligibility

RELEASE: Mayor Scott’s Statement on Governor’s Comments at M&T Mass Vaccination Site

RELEASE: Mayor Scott’s Statement on Governor’s Comments at M&T Mass Vaccination Site


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For Immediate Release
Friday, February 26, 2021


Stefanie Mavronis
Acting Communication Director
(443) 202-7051

Mayor Scott’s Statement on Governor’s Comments at M&T Mass Vaccination Site

"Baltimoreans are Marylanders too. They are both entitled to and deserve the vaccine."

BALTIMORE, MD (Friday, February 26, 2021) — Mayor Brandon M. Scott issued a statement on the Governor's remarks outside of the M&T Bank Stadium mass vaccination site in Baltimore, in which he said that Baltimore City has gotten "far more [vaccine allocation] than they are really entitled to":

"Baltimoreans are Marylanders too. They are both entitled to and deserve the vaccine. However, city residents do not have equitable access to vaccine doses. The State has not provided an equitable share to Baltimore City, but has required local health departments to utilize a broken, online-only sign up model that has forced our Health Department to develop workarounds. The State has ignored the barriers to access for communities too often left behind when we talk about health care in America.

Week after week, the Governor has refused to share where the State is allocating doses in Baltimore City. The Governor has refused to set up an equitable model for statewide vaccine registration. The Governor is now saying Baltimore City received more vaccine than we were “entitled to.” On behalf of Baltimore City and its residents – my constituents, who are also the Governor’s constituents – we are requesting an equitable supply of vaccine, and a commitment from the State that it will partner in delivering it in a way that ensures we are reaching our most vulnerable communities.

Equitably and efficiently distributing the vaccine is key to ending this pandemic. While our supply is limited, Baltimore will continue to work in partnership to focus our vaccination efforts on our neighbors at the highest priority, namely older adults over 65. 

My administration remains prepared to vaccinate Baltimoreans as quickly as our supply allows. My Health Department has worked closely with the Office of Emergency Management, Fire Department and National Guard to develop a robust plan to equitably distribute vaccines once Baltimore receives an adequate allocation."


Mayor Brandon M. Scott | office: 410-396-3835
City Hall, 100 N. Holliday Street (Room 250), Baltimore, Maryland 21202
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Thank you for your email regarding the COVID-19 vaccine distribution process. I understand how frustrating this time has been. Here is all of the information that we have available at this time:
  • Older adults aged 65+ with internet access should fill out our vaccine interest form by clicking here! Our MAP Ambassadors will call you back once an appointment becomes available!
  • Beginning Jan 25th, Baltimore City older adults in Priority Groups 1A 1B and 1C without access to the internet can call the Maryland Access Point at 410-396-CARE (2273) for assistance in registering for the COVID-19 vaccine, as they become available.
  • The Maryland Department of Health's COVID-19 website has begun listing Baltimore City healthcare providers administering vaccinations to Priority Groups 1A, 1B, and 1C members. Qualifying residents can sign up to request vaccination appointments directly with area healthcare providers when they become available! Visit, click “Find a Vaccine” and use the online search tool to find nearby health providers vaccinating residents.
The COVID-19 Vaccination Team. 
Vaccination site to the Baltimore City Community College, located at 2901 Liberty Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215. All those with second dose appointments at Port Covington will be emailed by our teams in the next few days regarding the location change of your appointments to our new site at BCCC. Appointment times will not change.
At the facility entrance, you will be asked to show an ID confirming your appointment and that you belong to Priority Group 1A 1B or 1C.  Please confirm your status as a member of Priority Group 1A or 1B before making an appointment.
As of January 25th, all registration links are booked with the Baltimore City Health Department. Please visit "" and click on "Find a Vaccine" to find local hospitals and health care providers who are administering vaccinations. 
Priority Group 1B
Beginning  January 18th, Priority Group 1B members that live or work in Baltimore City can register for the COVID-19 vaccine.  Members of Priority Group 1B include
  • Adults aged 75 years and older.
  • People experiencing homelessness
  • Shelter staff and residents
  • High-risk, incarcerated individuals
  • Individuals in group home settings
  • Education sector (K-12 Teachers and support staff in schools)
  • Child care workers
  • Continuity of government
COVID-19 Vaccination Process
The links below are meant only for the Priority 1A, 1B, and 1C Group Members. 
Please use the links provided to register for the vaccine clinic as appointments, Walk-ins’ will not be permitted to the vaccination site. Only the individual being vaccinated should report at the appointment time.  Other individuals will be turned away. 
The vaccine is being offered to you for free.  During the registration process, you will be asked to enter an insurance type (private insurance, Medicaid/medical assistance, Medicare, or no insurance), but no other insurance information is required, nor is proof of insurance necessary.
You will be asked to show documentation upon entrance to the clinic to confirm you are a member of Priority Group 1A or 1B. We understand that some professionals are not issued a work id- in those instances, please bring proof of licensure or some other proof of employment. If you do not present documentation indicating that you belong to one of these professions or facilities, you will be turned away. Please make sure that every individual who has signed up for the clinic has that identification on them. 
Parking is available on site, once you enter the site.
We strongly recommend that you stay in the clinic’s designated waiting area for at least 15 minutes (and up to 30 minutes if you have a history of a severe allergic reaction to anything, regardless of cause) after receiving the vaccine.
After receiving the vaccine, you will be encouraged to sign up for your follow-up appointment (approximately 28 days later). You can do so on-site at the clinic after your vaccination. You will also be encouraged to sign-up for V-Safe to monitor any side effects.
Registration Links
Due to all current appointment slots being filled, we have temporarily pulled registration links from this website. We will be sure to update this site once more vaccination appointments are available.
The Maryland Department of Health's COVID-19 website has begun listing Baltimore City healthcare providers administering vaccinations to Priority Groups 1A, 1B, and 1C members. Qualifying residents can sign up to request vaccination appointments directly with area healthcare providers when they become available!
Visit, click “Find a Vaccine” and use the online search tool to find nearby health providers vaccinating residents.

Questions? Please email 
[email protected] and we will respond back as soon as we can!
CVS and Walgreens
On February 11, Walgreens and CVS began offering vaccines at specific sites in the state.
Mass Vaccination Sites (as of 2/16/2021)
Six Flags America Mass Vaccination Site. The state has opened a mass vaccination site at Six Flags America Theme Park, 13710 Central Ave., Upper Marlboro, MD, 20721, through a partnership between the Maryland Department of Health, the Maryland National Guard, and Kaiser Permanente.
The Maryland National Guard’s vaccination teams will provide support for the site. Kaiser Permanente will provide pharmacy services and post-vaccination observation and care. 
Vaccinations are by appointment only, and appointments to receive the second dose will be scheduled simultaneously. 
Baltimore Convention Center Mass Vaccination Site. A mass vaccination site also was opened at the Baltimore Convention Center Field Hospital (BCCFH) site in partnership with the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) and Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM). 
Marylanders can register for an appointment at the BCCFH vaccination site online at to a high volume of requests and limited supply, wait times between submitting a request form and receiving an invitation to schedule could be significant.
Individuals needing assistance to register for a vaccine appointment at BCCFH can call 410-328-9865 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
M&T Stadium: The state’s next mass vaccination site will open at M&T Bank Stadium on Thursday, February 25. To receive updates on appointments for mass vaccination sites, text ‘MdReady’ to 898-211.
February 16, 2021
Media contacts:
Charlie Gischlar, Deputy Director, Media Relations, Maryland Department of Health, 443-463-7234
Alexandra Baldi, Executive Assistant, Office of the Secretary, Maryland Department of Aging, 410-767-1102
Maryland Departments of Health and Aging collaborate on vaccine outreach for vulnerable populations
Soft launch of COVID-19 Vaccination Support Center results in over 2,000 new appointments for seniors, eligible Marylanders

Baltimore, MD – The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and the Maryland Department of Aging (MDOA) are working together to promote access to vaccines through a telephone-based support line and appointment system that is designed to assist those without internet access. On Monday, the departments began contacting seniors directly to invite them to use the new COVID-19 Vaccination Support Center at 1-855-MDGOVAX (1-855-634-6829).
“Maryland’s new Vaccination Support Center is an important part of our efforts to promote equity in vaccination for the state’s most vulnerable residents,” said Acting MDH Secretary Dennis R. Schrader. “By providing telephone access and the assistance of live advocates, we are making the vaccine registration process simple and easy.”
How the support center works. The COVID-19 Vaccination Support Center will be open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Marylanders can call the center to get information on COVID-19 vaccines and identify providers closest to their homes. The center is specifically designed to assist residents without internet access.
The center can also help callers schedule vaccination appointments at the state’s mass vaccination sites, including Six Flags America in Prince George’s County, which has been in operation since February 5. The site currently serves up to 2,000 Marylanders a day and will increase its capacity as more vaccines become available from the federal government. 
Successful soft launch. On Monday, the call center soft-launched with nearly 6,000 inbound and outbound calls targeting segmented groups of seniors drawn from lists provided by the Maryland Department of Aging, including participants in the Senior Call Check program. The call center has now booked more than 2,000 appointments for the Six Flags mass vaccination site. The 619 outbound calls yielded a connection rate of 37%. 
“Ensuring that our most vulnerable populations receive vaccines is our top priority, and new resources such as the Vaccine Support Center are creating more accessibility,” said MDOA Secretary Rona Kramer. “I am thrilled to offer this new option for our aging populations.”
The Vaccination Support Center is available to all Marylanders who are eligible for a vaccine, including anyone who will benefit from a telephone-based system. All Marylanders age 65 and over are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines in Phase 1C of Maryland’s vaccination plan, and the state has asked vaccine providers to prioritize Marylanders 65 and over.

Visit for more information on Maryland’s response to COVID-19. Vaccine and other coronavirus data are available at
I trust you will find this information helpful. Unfortunately, the demand for vaccines is far outweighing the supply. This is an important issue for the Senator and he continues to work with the other members of the Congressional delegation to assess what options there may be to get more people vaccinated in a timely fashion. However, until the supply increases, this remains a difficult task.
We do appreciate the incredible work that you are doing for seniors and saw the article in Sunday’s Baltimore Sun.
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I am a 70 year older and my life and many others is being jeopardized due to NO communication on a vaccine at all.
There is a outstanding 80 year old major national civil rights leader in Baltimore City who has heard nothing about a vaccine.
Dr. Marvin L. 'Doc' Cheatham, Sr.
Civil Rights and Election Law Consultant
443/255-6056 -
Notary Public SINCE 1971
Tricia Russell
Chief of Staff
U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen

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