The Complete Guide For Attempting to Get a Vaccine (for MoCo Residents)

Updated: Mar 2

This information is up to date as of Tuesday 3/2.


Please be aware, people under 65 with pre-existing conditions are not eligible to be vaccinated in the state of Maryland yet UNLESS they are receiving treatment at a hospital (including outpatient treatment) or also happen to fall into another category (healthcare worker, teacher, etc.)

*One very important item to note: The priority groups (1A, 1B, 1C, etc) for MoCo and the priority groups for the state of Maryland are not the same. One key difference is most people under 65 with pre-existing conditions are considered 1C in MoCo, but are considered priority group 2 in the state of Maryland. See MoCo's priority groupings here: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/vaccine/#priority-groups

See the state of Maryland's priority groupings here: https://covidlink.maryland.gov/content/vaccine/


All links and information below come directly from https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/pages/vaccine . None of these links are private, all are publicly available.


It is highly recommended that if you pre-register or sign up for a notification from a specific provider that you add their email as a favorite contact, a VIP, or that you enable automatic forwarding so you get a text message (see instructions here: https://www.pikeandrozay.com/post/worried-about-missing-a-vaccine-appointment-email-here-s-how-to-get-a-text-alert )

Vaccine Provider: Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services

Who can sign up: MoCo Priority groups 1A-1C (includes under 65 w/pre-existing conditions) can preregister here: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=-bEBbuWxc0Csl3eAaaCtZIX4xtdwGclLpDnoMzWyXUdURFA5Tkg5MzBLMkdTQlJPM1BYTlRDR0lEUS4u

Other Information: Currently 1A and people 75 and older in 1B are getting emails with private links to make appointments. The rest of 1B and all of 1C may preregister and are not receiving links to make appointments yet.

Link to main site with info:https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/vaccine/#priority-groups

How you will be notified: When it is your turn to make an appointment, you will get a private link from this email address: c19vaccination@montgomerycountymd.gov

Sign up for updates via text and email: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/MDMONTGOMERY/signup/21366

Info about Second Doses: Per the county website: "No need to preregister for your second dose!

About three weeks after you get your first dose, we will contact you for your second dose appointment. The email will come from c19vaccination@montgomerycountymd.gov."


Vaccine Provider: Adventist

Who can sign up: State of Maryland's 1A-1C (does NOT include most people under 65 with pre-existing conditions) -- Anyone in these categories can make an appointment when they are available. No pre-registration is necessary.

Other Information: Adventist holds clinics on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Recently, they've been announcing appointment availability via email sent at 9pm once a week (changes depending on availability).

Main website: https://www.adventisthealthcare.com/coronavirus-covid-19/vaccine/

How you will be notified: Anyone who signs up for an alert will get an email from COVIDvax@adventisthealthcare.com --- emails are being sent to EVERYONE, getting an email does not necessarily mean you qualify for an appointment.

Sign up for updates via text and email: https://www.adventisthealthcare.com/coronavirus-covid-19/vaccine/alerts/

Info about second doses: Adventist will make a second appointment for you, most likely while you are in their waiting room after receiving your first dose.

Vaccine Provider: Holy Cross

Who can sign up: Anyone in the state of Maryland's 1A , 1B, and 1C groups can make an appointment when vaccines are available. (Does NOT include most people under 65 with pre-existing conditions)

Other Information: Appointment slots are released at a pre-announced time on specific weekdays. An announcement on the top of the main website is updated regularly to share when the next sign up will be. Spots go very fast. There are different links for each priority group.

Main Website: https://www.holycrosshealth.org/health-and-wellness/covid-19-vaccine/schedule-appointment

Link for 1A: https://www.holycrosshealth.org/health-and-wellness/covid-19-vaccine/vaccine-group-1a

Link for 1B: https://www.holycrosshealth.org/health-and-wellness/covid-19-vaccine/vaccine-group-1b (there are additional vaccine appointments reserved for the following groups: people 75 and over, people with intellectual disabilities, people with developmental disabilities. )

Link for 1C: https://www.holycrosshealth.org/health-and-wellness/covid-19-vaccine/vaccine-group-1c

How you will be notified: There is not a way to sign up for updates. You have to keep checking the banner at the top of the website to see when the next appointments are available. https://www.holycrosshealth.org/health-and-wellness/covid-19-vaccine/schedule-appointment



Vaccine Provider : CVS

Who can sign up: State of Maryland's 1A-1C can sign up for appointments, does NOT include most people under 65 with pre-existing conditions. Maryland residents can sign up at any Maryland location.

Information: Currently offered in Bethesda, next closest options are Frederick and Bowie. You'll be taken to a waiting room page, which refreshes every 30 seconds before you're able to make an appointment.

CVS sign up link: https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine#statetool

Main vaccine website: https://cvshealth.com/covid-19/vaccine-information

Sign up for notifications (third party, unaffiliated platform, but useful): https://www.cvscovidalerts.com


Vaccine Provider: Giant

Who can sign up: State of Maryland's 1A-1C can sign up for appointments, does NOT include most people under 65 with pre-existing conditions.

Main website: https://giantfood.com/pages/covid-info

Link to schedule appointments: https://giantfoodsched.rxtouch.com/rbssched/program/covid19/Patient/Advisory

Link to see available appointments: https://giantfoodsched.rxtouch.com/rbssched/program/covid19/Patient/Schedule?zip=20852&appointmentType=5956

Tips for scheduling: People who have had success scheduling appointments recommend checking this page around 7 AM on Monday mornings.

Vaccine Provider: Safeway

Who can sign up: All Marylanders over 65, 1A, 1B (state of Maryland priority groups)

Main website: https://www.safeway.com/pharmacy/covid-19.html

Link to make an appointment: https://www.mhealthappointments.com/covidappt

Sign up for updates: https://www.safeway.com/my-vaccine-communication.html


Vaccine Provider : Walgreens

Who can sign up: State of Maryland's 1A-1C (does NOT include most people under 65 with pre-existing conditions. )

Information: They offer vaccines in some of their MoCo locations, although these run out very quickly. Walgreens is vaccinating MoCo residents at Maryland locations outside of MoCo. People who have successfully booked Walgreens appointments say that you're most likely to get an appointment if you try to do so around 7 AM.

Vaccine website: https://www.walgreens.com/topic/promotion/covid-vaccine.jsp

Sign up for vaccine alerts (you will need to create a Walgreens account): https://www.walgreens.com/register/regpersonalinfo?ban=covid_vaccine_landing_alerts&fromPage=enableLyt&ru=/register/mywag/covidvaccine/updates

Sign up for additional alerts (third party platform, not affiliated with Walgreens, but useful) http://www.covidvaccinetexts.com


Vaccine Provider: Maryland Department of Health MassVax (Located at Six Flags )

Who can sign up: State of Maryland's 1A-1C (does NOT include most people under 65 with pre-existing conditions. )

Main website: https://massvax.maryland.gov/

State website with more information: https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/pages/vaccine

Sign up for updates via text : Text "MDREADY" to 898-211

NEW INFO— some people have had success by calling their helpline to book appointments when there aren’t any remaining online. 1-877-319-1525 or 855-634-6829


Vaccine Provider: Maryland Department of Health MassVax (Located at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore )

Who can sign up: State of Maryland's 1A-1C (does NOT include most people under 65 with pre-existing conditions. )

Link to make appointments: https://www.umms.org/coronavirus/covid-vaccine/get-vaccine/mtb-stadium

Main website: covidvax.maryland.gov.

State website with more information: https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/pages/vaccine

Sign up for updates via text : Text "MDREADY" to 898-211

Vaccine Provider: MedStar Health

Who can sign up: State of Maryland's 1A-1C can preregister (in their words, "request a vaccine appointment") -- does NOT include most people under 65 with pre-existing conditions.

Main website: https://www.medstarhealth.org/mhs/about-medstar/covid-19-vaccine-information/

Sign up to pre-register for a vaccine appointment: https://covidvaccine.medstarhealth.org/?opt_id=oeu1612540269174r0.6961076058697293&_ga=2.194918059.729201067.1612636683-1751905011.1612540270

How you will be notified: You will also get an email with private instructions for making your appointment when it is your turn from hello@medstarhealth.org



Vaccine Provider: Johns Hopkins

Who can sign up: Johns Hopkins Patients only who are in one of these categories: Marylanders 65 and up, state of Maryland groups 1A-1C (does NOT include most people under 65 with pre-existing conditions. )

Other Information: "Patients who meet current eligibility criteria will be contacted via email or phone when it is their turn to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment"-- a MyChart account is needed. Patients are randomly selected on a daily basis to receive a call or email about scheduling an appointment.

Main vaccine website: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine/

Sign up for a MyChart account (Hopkins Patients only): https://mychart.hopkinsmedicine.org/mychart/signup


Vaccine Provider: University of Maryland Medical System (Baltimore location only)

Who can sign up: State of Maryland groups 1A-1C (does NOT include most people under 65 with pre-existing conditions. )

Main Website: https://www.umms.org/coronavirus/covid-vaccine/get-vaccine

Vaccine request form link: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/d1747b1fb8f1433a81b2ea00f93f0e94


Vaccine Provider: US department of Veteran Affairs

Who can sign up: Veterans 65 and older, Veterans who are under 65 if they: have a co-morbidity, are experiencing homelessness, live in a group home, are on renal dialysis, or use a wheelchair.

To schedule an appointment for the Washington DC VA Medical Center, call: 202-745-4342

To schedule an appointment for the Martinsburg VA Medical Center, call: 800-817-3801 or 304-263-0811

Washington DC VA Medical Center Vaccine Website: https://www.washingtondc.va.gov/services/covid-19-vaccines.asp

Martinsburg VA Medical Medical Center Vaccine Website: https://www.martinsburg.va.gov/services/covid-19-vaccines.asp

Vaccine Provider: Kaiser Permanente

Who can sign up: Kaiser Permanente members AND Non- Kaiser members in 1A, 1B, and who are 75 and older. Right now, they are sending private messages to people who pre-register. You can make an appointment only after you get a private message.

Main Website: https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.org/maryland-virginia-washington-dc/health-wellness/coronavirus-information/covid-vaccine

How to sign up (if a member): For Kaiser members, complete the interest form here: https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.org/maryland-virginia-washington-dc/secure/medical-record/questionnaires

How to sign up (if not a Kaiser member): Complete the survey here: https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.org/maryland-virginia-washington-dc/health-wellness/coronavirus-information/covid-vaccine/vaccination-eligibility


Vaccine Provider (COMING SOON): Various doctors, through ZocDoc

Information: Enter your email and zip code to be notified if a local provider near you has vaccines available. Currently unavailable in Maryland. website: Zocdoc.com/vaccine



Vaccine Provider (COMING SOON): Sam's Club

Information: You do not need to be a Sam's club member. You can create a guest account. Sam's clubs in Maryland do not offer vaccines yet-- currently only available in Pittsburgh

Vaccine website (sign up not available yet for Maryland): https://www.samsclub.com/covid

Vaccine Provider (COMING SOON): Costco

Information: Currently only available in New York City, Washington state, Oregon, and Puerto Rico.

Vaccine website (sign up not available yet for Maryland) : https://www.costco.com/covid-vaccine.html


Vaccine Provider (COMING SOON): Harris Teeter

Information: Harris Teeter will offer the covid vaccine at many of their locations, but only ones that have a pharmacy. Maryland is listed as "Coming soon - check back for updates." They are currently administering vaccines in South Carolina, Virginia, and plan to include DC this week.

Vaccine announcement: https://www.harristeeter.com/harris-teeter-to-provide-covid-19-vaccine-in-pharmacy-stores-company-wide


Sign up link (not live for Maryland yet): https://www.harristeeter.com/covidcare


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