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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

County Updates

  • December 15, 2020 - COVID-19 GUIDE: Background/Messaging on Vaccines, Vaccine Clinical Trials & Combatting Vaccine Misinformation
    The AMA has developed comprehensive messaging resources to support efforts to communicate about the COVID-19 vaccine. We encourage you to leverage these tools to support ongoing efforts to communicate clearly and consistently about the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine to end the pandemic.

    1. COVID-19 Vaccine Messaging Guide. We are providing this tool to the Federation, AMA Ambassadors and others who may benefit from this compilation of messaging. In addition to providing information reflective of public health guidance and AMA policy, we believe the content of this guide will be helpful to inform future legislative testimony, equipping spokespeople at the state level, and providing Federation communicators with social media content. It includes guidance on successful messaging and words to avoid, sample social media posts, information on how to handle detractors online, and how physicians can protect their online reputation.
    2. COVID-19 Vaccines FAQs for Patients and Physicians.  Regularly updated information about the COVID-19 vaccine in a format that can be printed and shared with patients and physicians. The most current versions will always be accessible via these links:
                • COVID-19 Vaccine: Physician FAQs
                • COVID-19 Vaccine: Patient FAQs
    3. COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Center.  The AMA is featuring this prominently on our website to curate clinical vaccine guidance from the FDA, CDC and other health organizations to help combat vaccine misinformation. We will be frequently updating this resource.
                • We have built a multi-channel marketing communications #VaccinesWork campaign to provide physicians and patients with education and tools on the science and safety of vaccines. We urge physicians to take the pledge to #MaskUp and get the #COVID19Vaccine and get new materials pushed to their inbox as soon as they become available.
                • We have also produced, in partnership with the FDA and CDC, multiple What Physicians Need to Know webinars on the topics of vaccine safety, supply and distribution, which have reached thousands of physicians.

    • Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee Meeting December 10, 2020
      FDA Briefing Document Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.  To read the full document, please click here.

    2.  If you are hospital based or have a relationship with a hospital you can get it there.
    3.  If you are nursing home related, they will be getting the vaccines thru Walgreens and CVS and you can work with the nursing home to schedule.
    If you are a community doctor, they will be done thru the health department. The health departments have not announced a schedule or details.

    Covid-19 Flash Update December 7, 2020

    Key Features this week

    • Cases, case rates and percent positivity continue to rise
    • Hospitals at or near capacity
    • Staffing shortages looming-volunteer opportunities
    • CDC shortened quarantine period
    • Post Thanksgiving and pre-holiday increases expected
    • Contact tracing is being overwhelmed-inform positive patients to quarantine
    • Vaccines very soon-time to prepare and communicate with patients and staff
    • Opportunity to reduce hospitalization using monoclonal antibodies

    To view the full update, please click here.

    General Vaccination Information

    Mandatory Vaccine Reporting Begins October 1, 2019

    As of October 1, 2019, all vaccinations administered in the State of Maryland are required to be reported to Maryland’s Immunization Information System, ImmuNet.  This new requirement was passed into law during the 2019 legislative session, and is codified in State Statute §18–109(d)(6)(I)3.  ImmuNet is Maryland’s Immunization Information System; it is a secure web-based registry operated by the Maryland Department of Health.  Information stored on ImmuNet is confidential and available only to authorized users.

    To view the requirement, please click here.