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Friday, March 5, 2021

New Resource for finding a vaccine appointment

    The Maryland Vaccine Finders Facebook group has become so popular (57,000 and growing) that they have changed some of their posting rules.   They were overwhelmed with postings about where appointments were available and have now encouraged people to use a spreadsheet that they have developed to find an appointment.  #hocoblogs


     For those under 65 looking for an appointment, Pennsylvania has appointments for persons 18-64 with the following conditions.  Not sure how they check on any of these conditions like obesity or smoking.  Maybe you could have someone blow cigarette smoke on you before your appointment! Rite Aid pharmacies right over the state line are giving appointments to Maryland residents.

  • Persons ages 16-64 with high-risk conditions:
    • Cancer
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • COPD
    • Down Syndrome
    • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
    • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant or from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
    • Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)
    • Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)
    • Pregnancy
    • Sickle cell disease
    • Smoking
    • Type 2 diabetes mellitus

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