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    March 23, 2021

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    Deidre McCabe, Director, Office of Communications, 410-767-3536

    Charles Gischlar, Deputy Director, Office of Communications, 410-767-6491

    PHOTO RELEASE: Maryland Department of Health Acting Secretary Dennis R. Schrader visits vaccination call center at Coppin State, Baltimore Convention Center Field Hospital

    BALTIMORE, MD—Today, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) Acting Secretary Dennis R. Schrader visited the newly opened COVID-19 vaccination assistance call center at Coppin State University and the Baltimore Convention Center Field Hospital (BCCFH) to see community-based efforts to expand COVID-19 vaccine access among communities in Baltimore.

     Acting Secretary Schrader speaks with Coppin State University President Anthony Jenkins (far left) and clinical partners from the University of Maryland Medical System and Johns Hopkins

    Coppin State University, New Psalmist Baptist Church, and the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) partnered to launch the vaccination call center for appointment scheduling at BCCFH. Local residents staff the call center that prioritizes appointments for West Baltimore residents in zip codes 21215, 21216 and 21217.

    “Trusted community interaction amid the pandemic is an essential key in unlocking vaccination opportunities to West Baltimore residents 60 years and older,'' said Secretary Schrader. “We look forward to the continued partnership with Coppin State University, New Psalmist Baptist Church, University of Maryland Medical System and the Johns Hopkins Health System in making vaccination appointments easy and accessible to older West Baltimoreans.”

    Acting Secretary Schrader speaks with call center representative Robert Booker and Coppin State University President Anthony Jenkins 

    The COVID-19 vaccination assistance call center hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents can call 443-462-5511 or visit umms.org/bccvaccine to schedule an appointment.  


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