COVID-19 Vaccine Information
All Frederick County Public Schools employees remain eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations as part of Group 1B of Maryland's COVID-19 vaccine rollout. We know many of you are eager to schedule a vaccine appointment, and we remain committed to providing the latest information on the vaccination process.
Unfortunately, vaccine supply remains limited locally, and the total number of allocations for the Frederick County Health Department (FCHD) has decreased each week. FCHD is required to reserve at least 100 doses for education employees (which includes FCPS staff, private school staff, higher education staff, and daycare providers) from its allocation.
FCPS employees must pre-register with the FCHD by completing the COVID-19 vaccine interest form to receive a vaccination at a site sponsored by FCHD. The form is available online.
When doses are available, the FCHD will send an email to employees for scheduling appointments. The number of emails will align with the number of vaccines available. If staff receive an email with a link to schedule an appointment, please DO NOT share that link with other people. There has been much disappointment when shared links resulted in people receiving appointments and then being turned away because they were not on the identified list for that clinic.
While local supply is limited, there are more than 200 vaccine providers now listed at covidvax.maryland.gov. Vaccinations are by appointment only and some providers may allow pre-registration.
Mass vaccination sites are open at Six Flags America and the Baltimore Convention Center. An additional mass vaccination site will open at M&T Bank Stadium on Thursday, February 25. To receive updates on appointments for mass vaccination sites, text "MdReady" to 898-211.
If you register with a pharmacy or at the mass vaccination site, you may be asked to present your FCPS identification badge when you arrive. We will be providing an email for our employees who do not have badges as proof of their employment with FCPS.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Is the Frederick County Health Department required to vaccinate teachers each week?
Answer: Yes. The Frederick County Health Department is required to allocate a minimum of 100 doses a week for education employees, which includes public schools, private schools, higher education and childcare centers.
Question: How many are in the Group 1B priority vaccination group?
Answer: Approximately 10,000 people are in the Group 1B priority group in Frederick County, which includes public school, nonpublic school, higher education and childcare center employees.
Question: Are all employees within FCPS eligible for the vaccination as part of Group 1B?
Answer: Yes. All current employees are eligible, including benefited and non-benefited, part-time employees, substitute teachers and coaches.
Question: Is the COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for my position?
Answer: Currently, it is not mandatory.
Question: I am planning to retire this school year. Am I still eligible for the vaccination?
Answer: If you are actively employed by FCPS at the time the vaccination is offered, you are eligible.
Question: Will we know which version of the vaccine we are receiving?
Answer: The Frederick County Health Department is receiving the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
Question: I've made it this far without contracting COVID. Do I really need to get the vaccine?
Answer: You should consult your primary care physician to discuss if the vaccination is right for you.
Question: I have a preexisting condition and believe I should receive priority over other employees. How can that happen?
Answer: By being classified in Group 1B, educators are ahead of many others in the community in vaccine prioritization.