LEONARDTOWN, MD (March 9, 2021) – The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) has updated the eligibility criteria for local SMCHD COVID-19 vaccination clinics to include St. Mary’s County residents aged 40 – 64 with qualifying medical conditions. Eligible individuals are encouraged to review the allergy guidance and the FAQs for SMCHD COVID-19 vaccination prior to registering for a vaccine appointment. Documentation from a health care provider confirming eligibility must be brought to the vaccine appointment and verification of residency in St. Mary’s County will occur.

Currently Eligible to Register for SMCHD Vaccination Clinics:

  • St. Mary’s County residents age 65 and older
  • St. Mary’s County residents age 16 and older who have a developmental or intellectual disability 
  • Phase 1A, 1B & 1C occupational group members who live or work in St. Mary’s County
  • NEW! St. Mary’s County residents age 40-64 with one of the following medical conditions (requires written verification of eligibility from health care provider, such as individually addressed letter or medical record brought to vaccine appointment):
    • Cancer patients currently in active treatment
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
    • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
    • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
    • Obesity/Severe Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher)
    • Pregnancy
    • Sickle cell disease
    • Diabetes

Visit www.smchd.org/covid-19-vaccine to complete a prescreening and to register for a vaccination appointment if eligible. Appointments are currently available for this week, including new clinics for the Pfizer vaccine (the only COVID-19 vaccine currently authorized for 16-17-year-olds). Appointment times are expected to fill quickly due to expanded eligibility.   

Note for Phase Eligible Businesses: If your business or organization falls within the eligible phases/groups, please have one point of contact (POC) for your organization complete the SMCHD occupational survey for the appropriate group to verify eligibility. This POC will be responsible for informing their workforce on eligibility determination and required documentation. Verified occupational group members for Phase 1A, 1B & 1C can register for local SMCHD vaccination appointments. Individual appointments are required. Work identification (verifying occupational eligibility) will be required at the vaccine clinic. For more information on verification and answers to other frequently asked questions, please visit: www.smchd.org/covid-19-vaccine-faqs

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine and registering for the vaccine, please visit the SMCHD website at www.smchd.org/covid-19-vaccine.

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