Understanding COVID-19 Vaccinations
Get Your Vaccine
There are several different places to sign up for and receive vaccinations including mass clinics, county health departments, and local pharmacies. Check out our list of locations and vaccination providers.
COVID-19 Vaccinations: An Update
This presentation by Dr. Matthew Laurens, University of Maryland School of Medicine; Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health, was held Oct. 21, 2021, and hosted in cooperation by the University of Maryland Extension and University of Delaware Extension.
COVID Challenges in Rural Areas
Learn how western Maryland health care providers are responding to the challenges of COVID-19 in their communities in our Extension Collaborative on Immunization Teaching & Engagement (EXCITE) program webinar.
COVID-19 Vaccines are Safe and Effective
Over 189 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered in the United States from December 14, 2020, through April 12, 2021. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. COVID-19 vaccines were evaluated in tens of thousands of participants in clinical trials. The vaccines met FDA’s rigorous scientific standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality needed to support emergency use authorization (EUA). Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines, and these vaccines will undergo the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. This monitoring includes using both established and new safety monitoring systems to make sure that COVID-19 vaccines are safe.
You May Have Side Effects
The side effects from COVID-19 vaccination may feel like flu and might even affect your ability to do daily activities. These are normal signs that your body is building protection. Most of these side effects should go away in a few days. Learn more about what side effects to expect and get helpful tips on how to reduce pain and discomfort after your vaccination.
The Vaccine is Free
The federal government is providing the vaccine free of charge to people living in the United States. Vaccine providers may request insurance information to be reimbursed by your insurer, but Marylanders will not receive a bill for their COVID-19 vaccination.
It Will Help to Stop the Pandemic
To stop this pandemic, we need to use all our prevention tools. Vaccines are one of the most effective tools to protect your health and prevent disease. Vaccines work with your body’s natural defenses so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed (also called “immunity”).
You will still need to wear a mask and socially distance after getting each shot of the vaccine to continue to protect yourself and others and stop the spread.
Information is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
MYTH: COVID-19 vaccines are used to microchip people.
FACT: There is no vaccine microchip, and the vaccine will not track people or gather personal information into a database.
MYTH: You can get COVID-19 from the vaccine.
FACT: None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States use the live virus that causes COVID-19. There are several different types of vaccines in development. However, the goal for each of them is to teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work.
MYTH: COVID-19 vaccines will alter my DNA.
FACT: According to the CDC, the first COVID-19 vaccines to reach the market are messenger RNA, or mRNA, vaccines. Messenger RNA vaccines work by instructing cells in the body how to make a protein that triggers an immune response. Injecting messenger RNA into your body will not interact or do anything to the DNA of your cells. Human cells break down and get rid of the messenger RNA soon after they have finished using the instructions.
Don't Believe the Rumors
Social media, while useful and entertaining, isn't always the truth. Be mindful of the source of your information. Always fact check your information before making decisions for yourself and your family's heath.
Find more truths on the COVID-19 vaccination and help dispel the rumors by visiting the Maryland Department of Health.
Resources in other languages
Maryland GoVAX COVID-19 Vaccination Support Center
Maryland GoVAX COVID-19 Vaccination Support Center – English
Maryland GoVAX COVID-19 Vaccination Support Center – Spanish
Maryland GoVAX COVID-19 Vaccination Support Center – Simplified Chinese
Maryland GoVAX COVID-19 Vaccination Support Center – Traditional Chinese
Maryland GoVAX COVID-19 Vaccination Support Center – French (AF)
Maryland GoVAX COVID-19 Vaccination Support Center – Creole
Maryland GoVAX COVID-19 Vaccination Support Center – Korean
About the Vaccines
COVID-19 Clinical Trials Fact Sheet
COVID-19 Clinical Trials Fact Sheet – English
COVID-19 Clinical Trials Fact Sheet – Spanish
COVID-19 Clinical Trials Fact Sheet – Simplified Chinese
COVID-19 Clinical Trials Fact Sheet – Traditional Chinese
COVID-19 Clinical Trials Fact Sheet – French (AF)
COVID-19 Clinical Trials Fact Sheet – Creole
COVID-19 Clinical Trials Fact Sheet – Korean
COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet – Herd Immunity
COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet – Herd Immunity – English
COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet – Herd Immunity – Spanish
COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet – Herd Immunity – Simplified Chinese
COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet – Herd Immunity – Traditional Chinese
COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet – Herd Immunity – French (AF)
COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet – Herd Immunity – Creole
COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet – Herd Immunity – Korean