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Learn more about the Covid vaccines
Covid vaccination began in December 2020 and is organized through a tiered priority group.
Priority Group 1a
Priority Group 1b
Priority Group 1c
Priority Group 2
Note: Maryland has not yet updated to the CDC’s most recommendation for tiers. Maryland uses Group 2 instead of 1c, Group 3 instead of Group 2.
When will I get my Covid vaccine?
It is difficult to predict with any certainty but best estimates state 5% will be vaccinated in December, 10% in January and 20% in February (see above image for details of percentages and US population through May 2021).
What we DO know:
- Phase 1a is for health care workers and long term care facilities.
- 24 million people.
- Phase 1b is anyone over age 75.
- 49 million people
- Also includes frontline essential workers (see images to right)
- Phase 1c is anyone ages 65 to 74 years old (28 million) & people age 16 to 64 years old with HIGH risk medical problems (81 million)
- “High risk”:
- Heart conditions
- Chronic kidney disease
- Immune compromised states
- Also includes essential workers not included in 1b (20 million).
- Total for Phase 1c is 129 million.
- “High risk”:
- Phase 2 is everyone else over the age of 16 years old (100 million).
We also have the following estimates from the CDC for the percentage of necessary vaccines delivered by month:
- December: 5% (13 million people in the US)
- January: 10% (25 million)
- February: 20% (51 million)
- March: 20% (51 million)
- April: 20% (51 million)
- May: 25% (64 million)
Covid Vaccine FAQs
Currently, there is a lot of confusion and unfortunately delay in the initial roll-out of the vaccine. A few important frequently asked questions (FAQs) are listed here.
Do I still need to wear a mask?
Yes! It will take at least 4 to 6 months to get enough people vaccinated for “herd immunity”.
Once I get the vaccine, how long until I’m immune?
You will need BOTH shots (Pfizer’s 2nd dose is after 21 days and Moderna’s 2nd dose is after 28 days). It then takes your immune system 2-3 weeks to get you maximally protected.
If I have had the vaccine, can I give Covid to someone?
People who have been vaccinated may still be able to carry the Covid virus to others and cause them to get sick.
If I have had the vaccine, am I immune for life?
We don’t know. You may need to get a booster shot after some period of time (maybe every few years).
If I had Covid, do I still need to get vaccinated?
Natural immunity, which is immunity from having had the Covid disease, may not last very long. The CDC is recommending people who have had Covid receive the vaccine–but they recommend waiting 90 days.
How will I know when it’s my turn to get the vaccine?
People who live in Maryland can sign up for text alerts. Simply text “MdReady” to 898-211. Or you can visit Maryland’s Covid-19 vaccine page: https://covidlink.maryland.gov/content/vaccine/
Below are 3 helpful websites. Maryland’s CovidLink vaccine information page, Our World in Data’s Covid vaccine tracker and Johns Hopkins’ Covid vaccine tracker and coronavirus resource center.
Phases for Covid Vaccines
In December 2020, the ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) updated their recommendations. To read the full report, click here.
Maryland CovidLink Vaccine Page
Maryland’s Department of Health has set up a Covid-19 vaccine homepage with more information specific to Maryland.
Note that Maryland is still using the Phases 1a, 1b, 2, 3 as opposed to the updated recommendations from ACIP and the CDC of 1a, 1b, 1c (2 in Maryland) and 2 (3 in Maryland). Unfortunately confusing
Maryland is working with partners at the federal, state, local and community level to work through the logistics of delivering, storing and administering the COVID-19 vaccine. Maryland is also making sure that people have the information they need to be confident in deciding to get vaccinated. Key priorities include:
- Developing and regularly sharing clear and accurate information with people to make sure they understand the risks and benefits of getting vaccinated and can make informed decisions.
- Helping healthcare providers answer their patients’ questions about the vaccine.
- Engaging communities and individuals in an equitable and inclusive way to ensure that people have opportunities to ask questions and get clear, accurate information about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Easy access to COVID-19 vaccines is equally critical. Maryland is working with public health professionals, healthcare providers, and other partners to make sure people can easily get a COVID-19 vaccine and that cost is not a barrier.
Additional information about COVID-19 vaccines and vaccination is available at covidlink.maryland.gov/content/vaccine.
CDC’s Covid Vaccine Page
The safety of COVID-19 vaccines is a top priority.
The U.S. vaccine safety system ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible. Learn how federal partners are working together to ensure the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.
CDC has developed a new tool, v-safe, as an additional layer of safety monitoring to increase our ability to rapidly detect any safety issues with COVID-19 vaccines. V-safe is a new smartphone-based, after-vaccination health checker for people who receive COVID-19 vaccines.
COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. Two doses are needed.
Depending on the specific vaccine you get, a second shot 3-4 weeks after your first shot is needed to get the most protection the vaccine has to offer against this serious disease. Learn more about the benefits of getting vaccinated.
CDC is making recommendations for who should be offered COVID-19 vaccine first when supplies are limited.
To help guide decisions about how to distribute limited initial supplies of COVID-19 vaccine, CDC and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices have published recommendations for which groups should be vaccinated first.
Learn more about who should be vaccinated first when vaccine supplies are limited.
There is currently a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine in the United States, but supply will increase in the weeks and months to come.
The goal is for everyone to be able to easily get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as large enough quantities are available. Once vaccine is widely available, the plan is to have several thousand vaccination providers offering COVID-19 vaccines in doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, hospitals, and federally qualified health centers.
After COVID-19 vaccination, you may have some side effects. This is a normal sign that your body is building protection.
The side effects from COVID-19 vaccination may feel like flu and might even affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Learn more about what side effects to expect and get helpful tips on how to reduce pain and discomfort after your vaccination.
Can a COVID-19 vaccine make me sick with COVID-19?
No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines contain the live virus that causes COVID-19 so a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19. Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines
Cost is not an obstacle to getting vaccinated against COVID-19.
Vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost. However, vaccination providers may be able to charge administration fees for giving the shot. Vaccination providers can get this fee reimbursed by the patient’s public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fundexternal icon.
The first COVID-19 vaccines are being used under Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Many other vaccines are still being developed and tested.
Learn more about FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization authorityexternal icon and watch a video on what an EUA is.
If more COVID-19 vaccines are authorized or approved by FDA, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will quickly hold public meetings to review all available data about each vaccine and make recommendations for their use in the United States. Learn more about how CDC is making COVID-19 vaccine recommendations.
COVID-19 vaccines are one of many important tools to help us stop this pandemic.
It’s important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic as we learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others, stay at least 6 feet away from others, avoid crowds, and wash your hands often.
COVID Antibody Testing
Antibody testing (also called serology testing) looks to see if you have developed antibodies, the proteins critical for fighting off and clearing out the virus that causes COVID-19.
COVID-19 antibody will be negative until at least 14 days from the time of sickness or exposure before looking for antibodies.
How long does it take to get the results? Evolve receives results in 1-3 days.
What does it mean if the antibody test is positive? A positive result means you were exposed to COVID-19. But it does NOT mean you are immune to COVID-19. Evolve encourages everyone to still follow all possible protective measures.
The World Health Organization has specifically warned against using a positive result to suggest you are “immune” and can return to normal activity.
Keep in mind there are over 200 Different COVID-19 Antibody Tests Available
The specific test is drawn at Evolve and performed by Quest Diagnostics using Abbott Architect SARS-CoV-2 IgG.
Data submitted to the FDA for approval shows 100% sensitivity and 99.6% specificity.
COVID Viral Swab
Evolve’s COVID PCR swab testing has the fastest turn-around time in Maryland!
The COVID swab test is performed as a drive-thru test.
Stay in your car avoid the long waits and crowded, dirty waiting room.
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Prior to obtaining a COVID swab, you will meet with one of our providers through a Virtual Visit to evaluate the indications for testing, make sure the COVID swab is the right test and answer any questions you may have.
Results are usually back in 1-2 business days. We text a copy of your results right away.
The cost for the evaluation is only $25 for Evolve members. If you simply need a COVID test prior to travel, there is NO CHARGE for members.
Non-member cost is $145 for the virtual visit.
Non-members: Consider joining Evolve! Each COVID test going forward will be only $25 or no charge (depending on indications). Learn more about Evolve’s membership here.
There is no laboratory fee for the COVID test. Billing for COVID testing is managed by the lab and should be covered in full by your insurance or the state’s uninsured fund.
Evolve uses Integrated Cellular and Molecular Diagnostics (ICMD), a locally-owned, highly-complex accredited lab located in Greenbelt, Maryland.
ICMD uses ThermoFisher Scientific Applied Biosystems TaqPath COVID-19 Real-time PCR. ThermoFisher is the global leader in service science with this COVID test serving many other countries.
Which COVID Test is Right for YOU?
There are two main types of tests you can have for COVID:
Viral testing & Antibody testing.
COVID Swab looks for the SARS-CoV-2 virus itself.
If the COVID swab is POSITIVE, then you are COVID-19 contagious (whether you feel sick or not).
If the antibody test is positive, then you will know you were exposed to COVID-19 in the past.
All of Evolve’s COVID testing is performed in the safest possible manner.
Our dedicated staff are experienced, caring professionals focused on performing the test accurately — and safely.
Ready to Schedule Testing?
Scheduling either a COVID Nasal Swab or Antibody test is easy!
- Simply click on “Schedule COVID Test (Members Only)” below.
- Schedule a Virtual Visit
- We’ll text you a convenient time to come by!
- No Fee if you simply need a COVID test for travel.
- Fee is only $25 if you need a virtual visit because of exposure or symptoms.
Non-Members or Urgent Care
- Simply click on “Schedule COVID Test (Non-member) below.
- Schedule a Virtual Visit
- We’ll text you a time to come by.
- Fee is $145 for consult.
Evolve Urgent Care and Direct Primary Care is the highest reviewed Primary Care and Urgent Care, serving Annapolis, Edgewater, Arnold, Crownsville, Davidsonville, Gambrills, Millersville, Crofton, Arnold, Severna Park, Glen Burnie, Pasadena and all portions of Anne Arundel County.
What is your risk for getting COVID-19?
Find out how high your risk is for doing an activity.
- Celebrating a holiday or gathering at friends or family’s house.
- Going to house of worship.
- Hair salon.
- Eating at a restaurant.
- Going to a bar.
- Working out at gym.
- Grocery shopping.
Just enter how long you will be there, will you wear a mask, etc.
Once you have established your risk, you can also see how to lower your risk.
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