Baltimore Convention Center Field Hospital Launches Pilot Program To Vaccinate Most Vulnerable Populations
New Program Focuses on Equitable COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation for At-Risk Communities
ANNAPOLIS, MD (STL.News) The Baltimore Convention Center Field Hospital (BCCFH), a public-private partnership of the Maryland Department of Health (MDH), University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), and Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM), will be piloting a unique approach designed to improve equitable allocation of COVID-19 vaccine and expand its emphasis on vaccinating the most vulnerable communities in Baltimore.
“This innovative program gives us another powerful tool to reach vulnerable communities with safe and effective vaccines,” said Acting MDH Secretary Dennis Schrader. “This is an all-hands-on-deck undertaking, and I want to thank our partners for their commitment to ensuring equitable access to vaccines.”
“This pilot is a demonstration of the commitment to get the equity equation right—the state, our local partners, and the community finding the answer together,” said Brigadier General Janeen Birckhead of the Maryland National Guard and head of the state’s equity task force. “It’s one more step in the right direction to ensure equitable distribution of the vaccine. We must do all we can to make the vaccine available in our most vulnerable communities.”
As the first mass vaccination center in Baltimore, BCCFH has been focused on developing proactive and adaptable approaches to expanding access to COVID-19 vaccines among communities in Baltimore where vaccine uptake is lagging.