Together we can stop the spread of COVID-19 in Maryland

Protect yourself. Protect your community. Get vaccinated.

In Maryland alone, COVID-19 has claimed more than 10,000 lives. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is the only way to end this pandemic and safely get back to the people, places, and activities we’ve been missing. Learn how you can do your part and spread the word to your family, friends, and community so that we can move forward together.

Why GoVAX

Learn why these Marylanders and community leaders decided to get vaccinated and help bring an end to COVID-19 in their communities.

"As an entrepreneur, I don't have the luxury to social distance. We are face-to-face with our clients all day. I don't have a job where sick time is provided. My health is my top priority, and I need to earn an income. The vaccine gives me comfort in knowing that I am less likely to get sick and be hospitalized if I contract COVID-19. Being hospitalized or on a ventilator scares me, not to mention the large hospital bills. Missing work could be devastating for my family and me. These factors also resonate with many people in my community. It's a matter of life or death. That is how I see it. I am happy to say I have changed a few minds and encouraged people to get vaccinated."

Dina Tillman
Owner/operator of Hello Bonita Hair Salon in Baltimore (Click photo to read more)

“I am blessed to have run a successful business for three years in the community where I grew up. We take care of each other out here … I would like business owners to know that getting vaccinated and encouraging others to do so can save lives.”

Tiarra Davis
Owner-operator of 1400 Beauty Bar in Baltimore (Click photo to read more)

Get the vax facts

All vaccines approved for use in the U.S. are safe and effective

Of more than 165 million Americans vaccinated against COVID-19, no one has died from the vaccination, and minor side effects clear up in a couple of days. Meanwhile, more than 600,000 Americans have died from COVID-19.

Getting the vaccine is the only way to end the pandemic and return to normal

The COVID-19 vaccines are the best way to protect yourself, your family, and your community, and to safely return to the people, places, and activities we’ve been missing.

All vaccines are effective in preventing death and serious illness

In the rare case that you do become infected after vaccination, you’re much less likely to become severely ill, be hospitalized, or die from COVID-19.

Don’t hesitate to keep yourself healthy ​ ​

Because of emerging variants, particularly the delta variant, there is a much higher risk of transmission of COVID-19 and infection. Those who are not vaccinated are more at risk now than they were prior to the emergence of this variant. And those who are only partially vaccinated should complete their vaccination series.

Protecting yourself also protects your community and people around you, such as those at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 or those who can’t get vaccinated, including infants or people with weakened immune systems from things like chemotherapy for cancer. This is especially important now that more highly transmissible variants, like the Delta variant, are circulating in our communities.

A vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones

Our current information suggests that the COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States offer strong protection against most variants, including the delta variant. However, some variants can cause illness in some vaccinated people. This can happen more often in those who are partially vaccinated, so completing the series and becoming fully vaccinated is extremely important.

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Maryland GoVAX

About the GoVAX Partnership

Good Health & Great Hair GoVAX​ together

Kaiser Permanente’s Good Health & Great Hair (GHGH) initiative has teamed up with the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) GoVAX program to increase confidence in getting the vaccine and also fairness in how it’s distributed in communities of color throughout the state of Maryland. ​

While Maryland has a generally high vaccination rate, some of the communities hardest hit by the pandemic are lagging behind—particularly in Baltimore City, Prince George's County, and Montgomery County. This alliance expands the state’s existing GoVAX program and leverages Kaiser Permanente’s longstanding GHGH initiative by working with barbershops, salons, and other partners to engage customers and community members with messages about the importance of getting vaccinated.

The Good Health & Great Hair program, based in West Baltimore, provides health care and social support services such as career guidance, mental health assistance, and financial counseling. Program partners are trained by Permanente Medicine physicians to educate their customers about various health topics and encourage them to take advantage of the health and wellness services that are offered at no cost. Learn more about the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group.

 

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