February 3, 2021
Deidre McCabe, Director, Office of Communications, 410-767-3536
Charlie Gischlar, Deputy Director, Media Relations, 443-463-7234
COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Site to Open at Baltimore Convention Center Field Hospital on Friday
Baltimore, MD – The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) today announced that a COVID-19 mass vaccination site will open at the Baltimore Convention Center Field Hospital (BCCFH) on Friday, February 5.
The BCCFH vaccination site will be open by appointment Monday through Saturday (Saturday vaccinations begin on February 13).
“Mass vaccination sites are a critical element in the statewide network of vaccination options that we are establishing,” said Acting MDH Secretary Dennis R. Schrader. “These sites will promote equitable access to vaccines by supplementing the sites operated by local health departments, hospitals, pharmacies, and other local partners.”
BCCFH is a 250-bed, state-licensed hospital managed jointly by the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) and Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM). The BCCFH is available to those recovering from COVID-19 and also offers an outpatient COVID-19 testing location and infusion center to administer monoclonal antibody therapies. Vaccinations at BCCFH will be provided in the same space where COVID-19 testing is being done, which is accessible from Charles Street.
“We are proud to continue our strong partnership with the State of Maryland at the Baltimore Convention Center Field Hospital in the fight against COVID-19,” said Mohan Suntha, MD, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer of the University of Maryland Medical System. “We are eager to begin vaccinating Maryland residents at this new site.”
Vaccination is by appointment only, and no walk-ins will be permitted. Marylanders can register for an appointment at the BCCFH vaccination site online at www.umms.org/BCCvaccine. Due to a high volume of requests and limited vaccine supply, wait times between submitting a request form and receiving an invitation to schedule could be significant.
“Coming together to vaccinate Marylanders is something that we are proud to continue to be a part of,” said Kevin W. Sowers, M.S.N., R.N., F.A.A.N., president of the Johns Hopkins Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine. “It’s one step closer to allowing for a return to some normalcy.”
Individuals without digital access and in need of assistance registering for a vaccine appointment at BCCFH can call 443-462-5511 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. This line will connect individuals with someone who can assist with entering their information into the queue for appointments.
Find a vaccine site near you using covidvax.maryland.gov. Visit covidlink.maryland.gov for more information on Maryland’s response to COVID-19. Vaccine and other coronavirus data are available at coronavirus.maryland.gov.
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