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Vaccine FAQ's

What is Maryland doing to help make sure people can get vaccinated against COVID-19?

Maryland is working with partners at the federal, state, local and community level to work through the logistics of delivering, storing and administering the COVID-19 vaccine. Maryland is also making sure that people have the information they need to be confident in deciding to get vaccinated. Key priorities include:

  • Developing and regularly sharing clear and accurate information with people to make sure they understand the risks and benefits of getting vaccinated and can make informed decisions.
  • Helping healthcare providers answer their patients’ questions about the vaccine.
  • Engaging communities and individuals in an equitable and inclusive way to ensure that people have opportunities to ask questions and get clear, accurate information about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Easy access to COVID-19 vaccines is equally critical. Maryland is working with public health professionals, healthcare providers, and other partners to make sure people can easily get a COVID-19 vaccine and that cost is not a barrier.

What is a COVID-19 variant, and will the vaccine protect me from it?

Viruses constantly change through mutation, and new variants of a virus are expected to occur over time. Multiple variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been documented in the United States and globally during this pandemic. Information about the characteristics of these variants is rapidly emerging. At this time, there is no evidence that these variants can evade the recently developed vaccines or cause more severe illness or increased risk of death.

For more information, see the CDC ​Emerging SARS-CoV-2 Variants​.

Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe for pregnant women?

People who are pregnant and part of a group recommended to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, such as healthcare personnel, may choose to be vaccinated. A conversation between pregnant patients and their clinicians may help them decide whether to get vaccinated with a vaccine that has been authorized for use under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). While a conversation with a clinician may be helpful, it is not required prior to vaccination.

Key considerations pregnant patients can discuss with their healthcare provider include:

  • The likelihood of exposure to COVID-19
  • Risks of COVID-19 to them and potential risks to their fetuses
  • What is known about the vaccine and how well it works to develop protection in the body, known side effects of the vaccine, and the lack of vaccine research done during pregnancy

Should women who are breastfeeding get the COVID-19 vaccine?

There is currently no data on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in lactating women or on the effects of mRNA vaccines on the breastfed infant or on milk production/excretion. mRNA vaccines, like Pfizer and Moderna, are not thought to be a risk to the breastfeeding infant. People who are breastfeeding and are part of a group recommended to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, such as healthcare personnel, may choose to be vaccinated.

Can children get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Children under the age of 16 will not be able to get vaccinated at this time. This is because very few children have been part of the clinical trials to date. More research is needed to make sure any COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for infants and children.

What if I have a pre-existing condition?

Adults of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines may be administered to people with underlying medical conditions provided they have not had a severe or immediate allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in the vaccine. Please visit the official CDC website for more information to help you make an informed decision about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

Should people with severe allergies get the COVID-19 vaccine?

The CDC says that people who have experienced severe reactions to prior vaccines or injectable drugs can still get the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19, but should discuss the risks with their doctors ahead of time. Please visit the official CDC website for more information.

Will I have to pay for the COVID-19 vaccination?

According to the CDC, vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost. However, vaccination providers will be able to charge an administration fee for giving the shot to someone. Vaccine providers can get this fee reimbursed by the patient’s public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund.

For many more helpful FAQ's, please visit https://covidlink.maryland.gov.