Baltimore, MD– The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) announced that more than 700 primary care practices throughout Maryland now offer COVID-19 vaccines as part of the Maryland Primary Care Vaccine Program, which started 12 months ago. Included are over 500 family medicine and general internal medicine practices as well as more than 200 pediatric practices.
“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maryland Department of Health has worked closely with providers across the state to help facilitate convenient access to vaccinations, including boosters, for eligible Marylanders of all ages,” MDH- Secretary Dennis R. Schrader. “Primary care providers have played a vital role in the administration of COVID-19 vaccines to their patients, and we are grateful to them for all the care and guidance they provide to Marylanders.”
The more than 700 primary care practices in the Primary Care Vaccine Program represent providers in all 24 jurisdictions in the state. Together, adult and family medicine practices have administered more than 400,000 COVID-19 vaccines across the country.
The Maryland Primary Care Vaccine Program has played an important role in Maryland’s COVID-19 vaccine strategy given the role of primary care providers as trusted counselors for patients. The program is supported by infrastructure established through the Maryland Primary Care Program (MDPCP), a state-wide program that includes more than 500 primary care practices serving more than 4 million Marylanders.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the MDPCP has supported primary care practices in their efforts by providing access to key resources, such as free personal protective equipment and rapid on-site testing.
MDPCP is hosting a webinar series to provide up-to-date information on COVID-19 to healthcare providers and staff across the country. Since the start of the pandemic, the MDPCP has hosted 120 such webinars, reaching over 20,000 total participants.