ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ/AP) — Maryland will launch a statewide pre-registration system online next month for people to register for COVID-19 vaccine appointments at mass vaccination sites, the state’s acting health secretary said Monday.
The pre-registration system will enable the state to manage the flow of appointments, Dennis Schrader told a panel of lawmakers during a meeting online about the system. He also said it would help better coordinate with county health departments to manage appointments.
Schrader said it’s expected to improve the user experience and better prepare for the day when vaccine supplies are much more abundant.
Lawmakers on the panel have criticized the state’s vaccine rollout for not having a centralized way for people to register for appointments.
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Maryland now has two mass vaccination sites. One is at the Baltimore Convention Center. The other is at Six Flags American in Prince George’s County.
A third is scheduled to open Thursday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, and a fourth will open no later than March 11 at the Blue Crabs’ Stadium in southern Maryland.
The sites will continue to be supplemented by hundreds of pharmacies, hospitals, local health departments and federally qualified health centers as well as other providers in clinics across Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan said Tuesday.
The statewide network includes 2,366 distribution sites.
The governor said it’s all part of the state’s plan to broaden vaccine access points in every single county.
“We are utilizing every single dose we are allocated and building an infrastructure with the capability of doing up to 10,000 shots per day,” Gov. Hogan said.
Watch Gov. Hogan’s Full News Conference Below: