Here are answers to some common questions.
Are coronavirus cases going down in Maryland?
Yes. You can follow the trends on The Washington Post’s tracker.
How many people in Maryland have been vaccinated so far?
You can find county-level data on how many people have gotten vaccinated here.
I haven’t gotten vaccinated yet — do I still need an appointment?
Many places in Maryland, including all of its mass vaccination sites, are offering walk-up appointments that do not need to be pre-scheduled. However, because vaccine supply is still somewhat limited, officials encourage residents to make appointments ahead of time. You can see the list of available slots here. Maryland began closing some of its mass vaccination sites, although a few, including sites at the Baltimore Convention Center and Montgomery College, do not yet have closing dates.
Are children and teens able to get vaccinated yet?
Yes. Children ages 12 and older can get vaccinated at mass vaccination sites in Maryland and some county-run sites.
Are there any pandemic restrictions in Maryland?
All capacity restrictions were lifted on businesses in the state on May 15. Restaurants and all other businesses returned to full capacity and do not have to abide by a six-foot social-distancing requirement. Indoor and outdoor venues — which include conventions and all outdoor entertainment, arts and sports venues, including ticketed events — also are free of capacity restrictions.
Gov. Larry Hogan (R) ended the state of emergency in the state on July 1, meaning all emergency mandates and restrictions put in place over the past 15 months are terminated, with no statewide mask order in effect in any setting, including schools, camps and child-care facilities.
Is the state offering incentives for me to get the vaccine?
Hogan launched a $2 million lottery that will hand out dozens of $40,000 cash prizes to state residents who have received coronavirus vaccinations — along with a grand prize of $400,000. Daily drawings took place through July 3, with the grand prize awarded from a random drawing on July 4. All state residents 18 and older who have received a vaccination in Maryland were automatically eligible, regardless of when the shots were administered.
The state also is offering $100 to state employees who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. Workers must provide proof of their vaccination to their human resource departments and agree to receive booster shots recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over the next 18 months. While not a state program, Ledo Pizza is offering a free cheese pizza to people who have received their first coronavirus vaccine shot in Maryland in May or June.
Will I need a booster shot — and if so, how can I get one?
This is still not immediately clear. Vaccine developers such as Pfizer have said people will “likely” need a booster shot within 12 months of being vaccinated, but this has not been confirmed by federal agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read about the latest scientific updates from The Washington Post’s health section.
Do I still need to wear a mask?
The state of emergency was lifted in Maryland on July 1, so there is no statewide mask order in effect in any setting, including schools, camps and child-care facilities. But businesses and some local jurisdictions still can impose their own rules.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that unvaccinated individuals wear masks, especially indoors around others who are not vaccinated. The Maryland Department of Health echoes that recommendation, but on June 15, it issued a directive that lifted the mask mandate as of July 1.
Hogan said parents can continue to have their children wear masks if they choose to, but he has said that he supports lifting the statewide mask mandate at schools — where many children are too young to be vaccinated.
Rachel Chason and Ovetta Wiggins contributed to this report.