BALTIMORE — The first day of registration for the state's newest mass vaccination clinic at M&T Bank Stadium was a busy one.
According to the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), more than 2,200 appointments were booked online and over the phone within two-hours.
Some reported having to hold on the phone for long periods of time, in order to speak with someone to schedule an appointment.
There were even reports that the registration site had crashed.
But UMMS denied anything like that had occurred.
"The site is working as intended and is operational. A mechanism was put in place during periods of high activity that lets people know the site is experiencing high demand and to check back later," said a UMMS spokesperson. "This mechanism is specifically intended to ensure the site stays operational during extremely high demand. Any assertions that the site has crashed or otherwise wasn’t operational are false."
The clinic is expected to open Thursday, February 25.
Initially only 250 to 500 appointments will be available per day, but the state's goal is to offer 2,000 daily vaccinations by early March.
Currently, only those in phases 1A, B, and C are eligible.
Anyone looking to make an appointment will need to re-register specifically for the M&T Bank Stadium Mass Vaccination site.
Here are two ways to do that.
- Completing the online form available at covidvax.maryland.gov
- Calling 855-MD-GOVAX (1-855-634-6829) to request an appointment, where representatives are available seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Individuals should expect potential prolonged wait times on the phone due to call volume.
During its first two days, the site will be taking appointments from 11 am and 4 pm. Over the weekend, appointments will be scheduled between 10 am and 4 pm.
Beginning March 2, the site will open 7-days per week from 9 am to 5 pm.
Free parking is available at Lot B. You should enter the stadium through Gate A on Hamburg Street by the Ray Lewis and Johnny Unitas statues.