Here are the Best Sites to Schedule a COVID Vaccination Appointment

Finding that unicorn appointment

Heather Jauquet

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Author’s Note: This article has information specifically about finding vaccination schedules in Maryland and Washington, DC. However, towards the bottom, I list universal sites, tips, and tricks that can help you find a vaccination appointment no matter where you live. Happy hunting!

Did you know that Maryland and Virginia do not have residency requirements to book a COVID vaccine appointment? I didn’t know that until I helped a friend from Washington, DC schedule an appointment. She had specific requirements: it needed to be Pfizer and it had to be somewhere close enough to take Metro and/or Uber. So what’s a person to do to find this unicorn appointment?

You can check here to see if your state has residency requirements.

In the last 24 hours, I learned a lot about trying to grab appointments for anyone, but especially the elusive unicorn of something local and giving out the vaccine she needed.

I learned that there are plenty of appointments if I wanted to make the trek to the Mass Vaccination Site in Wicomico County and that wouldn’t work. I also learned that DC residents were driving as far as North Carolina to get an appointment, which wouldn’t work for her since she didn’t drive, and to Uber to North Carolina would cost a small fortune.

Maryland and DC have just opened up their vaccination appointments to all residents 16 and older several weeks earlier than expected. Personally, after trying to find a DC resident an appointment, I will say that the Maryland Mass Vaccination registration process is a lot smoother and more user-friendly. I was relieved to find out that Maryland and Virginia do not have residency requirements which opened up more possibilities to secure an appointment.

When you preregister in Maryland for a Mass Vaccination Site, there is a section where you can let them know that you are making an appointment for someone else. This is incredibly helpful when you are pre-registering for a family member or a friend. I didn’t see the same section for when I tried to pre-register for the Mass Vaccination sites in Washington, DC.

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Heather Jauquet

Writer. Wife. Mom. Runner. Crocheter. Cancer patient in a pandemic.