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 last month, 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.
When will restrictions be lifted 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.
Localities were able to opt out of the reopening. Some, like Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties, announced they are following the state’s reopening schedule. Prince George’s County lifted its restrictions, following state guidance, on May 17. Montgomery County entered its third and final phase of reopening on May 28, lifting all local orders and aligning itself fully with the state. This includes removing capacity restrictions at most businesses and venues, and lifting the county’s mask mandate in most settings.
Is the state offering incentives for me to get the vaccine?
Maryland Gov. Larry 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 are taking place through July 3, with the grand prize to be awarded from a random drawing on July 4. All state residents 18 and older who have received a vaccination in Maryland will automatically be 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?
In some cases, yes. Hogan lifted the state’s indoor mask mandate for fully vaccinated people after the CDC issued guidance that said those who have been vaccinated don’t need to use masks or engage in physical distancing indoors or outdoors, except on public transportation, in health-care settings or in places where they are still required. Hogan said the state Department of Health has issued a public health advisory strongly recommending that all residents over the age of 2 who have not received a vaccine should continue to wear a face covering when they are in indoor settings and when they are in crowded outdoors settings. Private businesses and local jurisdictions are allowed to create their own policies on who should and should not wear masks, Hogan said. Prince George’s County required masks indoors until May 28, when the restriction was lifted for fully vaccinated people.
Rachel Chason and Ovetta Wiggins contributed to this report.