ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Friday marked the first day Maryland could receive COVID-19 vaccines at 18 CVS Pharmacy locations across the state. Appointments went online and became available yesterday.
11 states, including Maryland, are participating in what's being described as a limited rollout for CVS. As more vaccine becomes available, CVS hopes to administer millions of shots a month nationwide.
"I am so excited. I’ve been working to get a vaccine," said Anne Arundel County resident Elaine Brady. "I got up and I was on the site by 5 a.m. and I just sat there. I like how it worked yesterday because it kept refreshing itself."
She says she's getting the shot to safeguard herself and her husband who receives hospice care.
People who qualify can make an appointment online. They can also call in by phone at 800-746-7287.
The qualifications are a little different as CVS is required to follow specific rules designated by the state. Qualifications are only people over 65 years of age, K-12 teachers and staff, child-care and higher education workers and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Annapolis' Sara Schmerling got her shot Friday.
"It was so easy," she said. "I was a little hesitant at first, but everyone was nice yes, professional. Everything was done in an appropriate manner. Things were clean. They were disinfecting chairs after people got off of them. I was just very impressed with the whole process and I feel relieved."
CVS said it will get its vaccine supply straight from the federal government. Maryland is expected to get around 11,000 doses a week with that number increasing in the coming months, as well as locations. Shots will be available seven days a week.
To view and make appointments visit CVS.com.