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COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments


COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for everyone 6 months and older. Boosters are recommended for individuals 5 years and older who qualify and are available at all clinics vaccinating that age group. See below table for details. Looking for a booster? You can come to any of our clinics for your age group. Children 5-17 must get a booster that matches their previous vaccinations. People 18 years and older may get a different booster than their previous vaccinations. 

A parent or guardian must accompany a child to the vaccination clinic. Appointments are required for children 6 months to 5 years.

To schedule, click on the vaccine type and age group in the table below, or call 1-855-MDGoVax (855-634-6829) for help by phone. Walk-ins are seen as schedules allow, but appointments are preferred and given priority. More clinics will be added each week.

   COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics:
Date
Time
Location
Inside/
Outdoor
PfizerModernaNovavax
Wednesday, Aug. 10
4-7pm
Walk-ins 
5-6:30pm

585 Himes Ave
Frederick, MD 21703 (directions)
IndoorPfizer, 5-11,
Pfizer, 12+
Moderna, 6-11,
Moderna, 12+
Novavax, 18+
APPOINTMENT REQUIRED
Thursday, Aug. 11
5-7pmBrunswick Branch Library
915 N. Maple Ave, Brunswick, MD 21716
IndoorPfizer, 5-11,
Pfizer, 12+
 
Moderna, 6-11,
Moderna, 12+

N/A
Friday, Aug. 12
4-6pm585 Himes Ave
Frederick, MD 21703 (directions)
IndoorPfizer, 6mo-4yrs  APPOINTMENT REQUIRED
Moderna, 6mo-5yrs APPOINTMENT REQUIRED
N/A
Tuesday, Aug. 164-6pm585 Himes Ave
Frederick, MD 21703 (directions)
IndoorPfizer, 6mo-4yrs  APPOINTMENT REQUIRED
Moderna, 6mo-5yrs APPOINTMENT REQUIRED
N/A
Wednesday, Aug. 174-6pmWalkersville Public Library
2 S. Glade Rd. Walkersville, MD 21793
IndoorPfizer, 5-11,
Pfizer, 12+ 

Moderna, 6-11,
Moderna, 12+

N/A
Wednesday, Aug. 17
4-7pm
Walk-ins 
5-6:30pm

585 Himes Ave
Frederick, MD 21703 (directions)
IndoorPfizer, 5-11,
Pfizer, 12+
Moderna, 6-11,
Moderna, 12+
Novavax, 18+
APPOINTMENT REQUIRED
Friday, Aug. 19
4-6pm585 Himes Ave
Frederick, MD 21703 (directions)
IndoorPfizer, 6mo-4yrs  APPOINTMENT REQUIRED
Moderna, 6mo-5yrs APPOINTMENT REQUIRED
N/A
Saturday, Aug. 2010am-12pm585 Himes Ave
Frederick, MD 21703 (directions) 
IndoorPfizer, 6mo-4yrs  APPOINTMENT REQUIRED
Moderna, 6mo-5yrs APPOINTMENT REQUIRED
N/A
Saturday, Aug. 20
10am-12pmMyersville Community Library
8 Harp Place, Myersville, MD 21773
IndoorPfizer, 5-11,
Pfizer, 12+ 

Moderna, 6-11,
Moderna, 12+

N/A
Monday, Aug. 22
5-7pmThurmont Regional Library
76 E. Moser Rd. Thurmont, MD 21788
IndoorPfizer, 5-11,Pfizer, 12+ 
Moderna, 6-11,
Moderna, 12+ 

N/A
Tuesday, Aug. 23
4-6pm585 Himes Ave
Frederick, MD 21703 (directions)
IndoorPfizer, 6mo-4yrs  APPOINTMENT REQUIRED
Moderna, 6mo-5yrs APPOINTMENT REQUIRED
N/A
Wednesday, Aug. 24
4-7pm
Walk-ins 
5-6:30pm
 
585 Himes Ave
Frederick, MD 21703 (directions) 
IndoorPfizer, 5-11,
Pfizer, 12+
Moderna, 6-11,
Moderna, 12+
Novavax, 18+
APPOINTMENT REQUIRED
Thursday, Aug. 25
5-7pmBrunswick Branch Library
915 N. Maple Ave, Brunswick, MD 21716
IndoorPfizer, 5-11,
Pfizer, 12+ 
 
Moderna, 6-11,
Moderna, 12+

N/A
Friday, Aug. 26
4-6pm585 Himes Ave
Frederick, MD 21703 (directions)
IndoorPfizer, 6mo-4yrs  APPOINTMENT REQUIRED
Moderna, 6mo-5yrs APPOINTMENT REQUIRED
N/A

Need help scheduling an appointment or a free ride to your vaccination? Go to  marylandvax.org, call 1-855-MDGoVax (855-634-6829) to schedule.

Looking for more COVID-19 vaccination clinics? Check out http://covidvax.maryland.gov/ or https://www.vaccines.gov/ to search by zip code. 

FDA has granted full approval for the Pfizer vaccine for individuals ages 16 and older, and for the Moderna vaccine for individuals 18 years and older. Emergency use authorization for the Pfizer vaccine remains for individuals ages 6 months - 15 years, and for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

List and links will be updated every Monday. 

Need transportation to and from a vaccination clinic? For information about United Way of Frederick's "Ride United" rideshare program click HERE. UW Logo

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Children get a smaller dose of COVID-19 vaccine than teens and adults that is the right amount for their age group. Moderna requires 2 doses spaced 1 month apart.  Pfizer requires 3 doses with the second dose 3 weeks after the first, and the third dose at least 8 weeks after the second dose. 

Child's AgePfizerModerna
6 months-4 years old3 dose series (2 doses 3 weeks apart and third dose at least 8 weeks after second)2 doses one month apart
5 years old2 doses three weeks apart
2 doses one month apart
6-17 years old2 doses three weeks apart
Not authorized

FDA evaluation of Moderna and Pfizer vaccine for individuals 6 months through 17 years of age is available here


Here are key reasons to consider vaccinating your child:

  • Children are susceptible to Covid infection.  Well over 2 million cases of Covid infections have occurred in U.S. children under age 5.
  • More hospitalizations (over 20,000 young children) and deaths (over 400) occurred in this age group as a result of Covid infections than from any other infectious disease.  
  • Covid hospitalizations during a typical 4-month window of the pandemic have been 2-3 times higher than influenza hospitalizations during any flu season over the past decade.  There have also been 2-3 times more deaths per year from Covid than from a typical influenza season.
  • During the Omicron wave, children under age 5 had a significantly higher rate of hospitalization than older children or teens.  This is likely due in large part to a lack of vaccination in the youngest age group.  
  • More than half of hospitalized children (63%) had no underlying health conditions.
  • Children are susceptible to long-term health problems from Covid infections.  Most studies show >5% of infected children will have symptoms lasting longer than 1 month.
  • Over the past 2 ½ years, Covid is the single leading cause of death among American children younger than age 6.
  • Both Moderna and Pfizer vaccines show effectiveness in young children comparable to that in older children and adults.
  • Safety studies for both vaccines were very reassuring, with only one child in each study having a serious reaction out of 8,000 children vaccinated (see below for details).  There were no cases of myocarditis.  There were no deaths among vaccinated children.
  • Mild fevers and irritability occur in <10% of children after vaccination.  This is comparable to other routine pediatric vaccinations.

 

Here are areas where current information cannot provide definitive answers:

  •  Due to limited follow up studies and the unpredictability of circulating Covid variants, exact effectiveness in disease prevention and hospitalizations cannot be calculated.  The best current evidence indicates that:
    • 1) Vaccination of children under age 5 will reduce symptomatic infections by 40-50%.  This is consistent with effectiveness for older age groups against the currently circulating Covid variants.  
    • 2) Based on longer-term data in older populations, it is likely that vaccination of young children will reduce illnesses severe enough to result in hospitalization by 70-75%.
  • Safety data was judged to be very reassuring by pediatric and infectious disease experts at the FDA and CDC.  “Desirable consequences of vaccination clearly outweigh the undesirable effects.”   The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly supported approval of the vaccines for young children.  However, until hundreds of thousands of children are vaccinated, definitive statements on benefits and risks cannot be made.  There was one child in each manufacturer’s study that had fevers high enough to require brief hospitalization.  One of these children also had a seizure episode after her first vaccine dose.  Seizures are known to rarely occur with other routine child vaccines.  Decades of follow up research has shown that fever-induced seizures do not result in long-term health problems.  This child’s parents chose for her to receive a second vaccination.  She did not have any reaction following that dose.

 

What else should parents consider? 

  • Children with many types of underlying health conditions (chronic respiratory problems, including asthma, conditions that impair the immune system, sickle cell disease, genetic conditions, cancer, etc.) are at greater risk for complications due to a Covid infection.  Vaccination has additional benefits for such children, and parents should discuss vaccination with their child’s physician.
  • For households with immunocompromised older children or adults, decreasing the infection rate for any family member helps protect everyone.
  • Under current CDC guidance, anyone who is up to date on vaccinations are exempt from quarantine in daycare and school settings.
  • We now have 2 years of data on vaccinations in older populations.  Although findings in adult and adolescent populations do not always translate to pediatric populations, no new side effects have occurred outside of the initial study period in these age groups.  This also holds for all other pediatric vaccinations (influenza, measles, chicken pox, etc.).  No new side effects have been discovered after initial FDA approval of other pediatric vaccinations.
  • It is very likely that children in this age range will require a booster dose several months after their initial vaccination series to optimize longer term protection.  Even though Pfizer’s initial series is 3 doses, many national experts have expressed opinions that an additional dose will be needed.  Both Pfizer and Moderna are beginning booster trials, so more information will be available in late 2022 or early 2023.
  • More information is available at CDC's website.
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All Marylanders 5 years and older are currently eligible for vaccination and first boosters. 

All Marylanders 50 years and older are currently eligible for second boosters. 

Please call 1-855 MDGoVax (855-634-6829) for help scheduling an appointment. 

How can I replace a lost vaccination card?

  • Contact your vaccination provider directly to access your vaccination record.
  • If you were vaccinated in Maryland, you can access your vaccination record through the state's system ImmuNet: https://myirmobile.com/
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What proof do I need?

Please bring documentation of your age and identity. You must be over 18 years to receive Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, and over 12 years to receive Pfizer. A parent or legal guardian must accompany anyone 17 years or younger. 

 

How can I find a specific type of vaccine?

Check https://www.vaccines.gov/ to find a specific kind of vaccine, and then call the location to verify their supply.

COVID-19 Vaccines authorized for emergency use

Frederick County Survey on Vaccine Interest

Thank you for your participation in our survey on vaccine interest! Our English survey received 20,580 results and our Spanish survey received 269. Over 50% of people who responded said that they were planning on getting the vaccine as soon as it became available to them. Of those respondents who said they weren’t sure or were not planning on getting the vaccine immediate, the most common concerns were about safety and side effects. There were thousands of comments written in, and we will use the information from the survey to help develop our messaging to make sure we’re answering the questions that you have asked.

More information about the survey results can be found here: