COVID - 19 Vaccine Information

As Meritus Health continues to follow Maryland Governor Hogan's guidance on COVID-19 vaccine phases open in the state, the organization has also opened the vaccine appointments to Washington County residents age 65 and older, so that we can quickly and safely vaccinate our community. Those at the highest risk will get first priority.

Two ways are available for this audience to begin the process of getting an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines will only be administered to those who have an appointment and have been registered by the clinic. No walk-ins are accepted. Vaccine appointments open up as supply from the state becomes available to Meritus Health.

  • Active MyChart patient portal users can self-schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment as appointments become available.
  • Residents who do not have a MyChart patient portal account can access a new form by clicking the blue Vaccine Appointment Request button at the top of this page to be added to the waitlist for vaccine appointments.

Meritus Health is anticipating a large number of people submitting a request to be scheduled for a COVID-19 vaccine, so all those interested are reminded that they will be contacted when additional vaccine supplies have been received and appointments are available. This call to schedule an appointment could take up to several weeks to receive after the form is completed.

Per Maryland guidelines, Meritus Health continues to vaccinate individuals who meet phase 1A, 1B and 1C criteria and will begin vaccinations for additional phases as directed by the state of Maryland.

The vaccine scheduling phone line is no longer available to schedule appointments and no walk-in appointments are available for COVID-19 vaccines. Meritus Health continues to thank the public for its patience as staff work to get as many people in the community vaccinated quickly and safely.

Where do I go for my scheduled COVID-19 vaccine?

  • The clinic is located at Robinwood Professional Center – Atrium. (11110 Medical Campus Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740).
  • Follow Meritus Vaccination Clinic signs to the Robinwood Professional Center - Silver parking lot and entrance.
  • Enter the Silver entrance of Robinwood Professional Center.
  • Signage will direct you to Suite 142 to check-in for your appointment.

COVID Vaccine Map

What do I need to bring with me to check-in for my COVID-19 vaccine appointment?

  • Registration will occur in Robinwood Professional Center, Suite 142.
  • Please bring your I.D (drivers license, state issued ID) and insurance card.

What should I expect when receiving my first dose of COVID-19 vaccine?

  • Once the first dose of the vaccine is given, you will be asked to sit for at least 15 minutes before you are able to leave so you can be monitored for any possible reactions.
  • Light snacks and bottled water will be provided.
  • You will receive V-Safe program information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that lists potential side effects and information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. You may register for the V-Safe program to document any side effects and receive important updates regarding the vaccine.
  • Even after you have received your first dose of COVID-19 vaccine you should continue to practice the 3 W’s - wash your hands often, wear your mask and watch your distance. You are not immune from contracting COVID-19 after receiving the first dose of the vaccine.

The COVID-19 vaccine is a two-dose vaccine. When do I show up for my second dose?

  • Both doses are necessary for maximum effectiveness.
  • Your follow-up vaccine appointment will be scheduled at the time you check in for your scheduled appointment for the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
  • You will receive a phone call and text reminders for your appointment to receive the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Important Facts About the COVID-19 Vaccine

There are two COVID-19 vaccines that are approved by the Federal Drug Administration for emergency use — one from Pfizer - BioNTech and one from Moderna.

Both vaccines are nearly 95 percent effective. This means that only 5 percent of those who received the vaccine later developed COVID-19.

The vaccines are not approved for children. The vaccines' clinical trials did not test them in children, but study is ongoing. Children will not be vaccinated until additional studies are completed.

You need to get two doses of the vaccine 21 or 28 days apart (depending on which vaccine you get). Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were designed to impart immunity with two doses. You must get two of the same vaccine. There is no clinical evidence as to whether you develop significant immunity after the first dose, so it is important to get the second dose on schedule.

It takes two weeks from your second dose for immunity to develop. Vaccinated persons may still be able to transmit the virus to others. Current vaccine studies were not designed to determine if or how well the vaccines would stop transmission of the virus to others. This is why it is important to continue wearing a mask and practicing social distancing even after you have been vaccinated.

Please click here for Frequently Asked Questions regarding Maryland's COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

Vaccine clinic information is available here: https://www.washco-md.net/