As part of Maryland’s mass vaccination strategy, site helped Marylanders become mask-less in time to celebrate Independence Day weekend
BALTIMORE (July 1, 2021) - One of the country’s highest profile mass vaccination sites closes tomorrow after delivering nearly a quarter of a million vaccine doses since opening its doors on February 25. The M&T Bank Stadium Mass Vaccination Site, a historic partnership between the University of Maryland Medical System, the Maryland Department of Health, the Maryland National Guard, and the Maryland Stadium Authority, with support from the Baltimore Ravens, received national and international recognition during its four-month run as a model example of America’s use of sports stadiums for mass vaccination sites.
At its peak, the M&T Bank Stadium Mass Vaccination Site vaccinated over 6,000 people a day, and at one point, broke a state record for mass vaccination sites when clinical staff vaccinated over 1,000 people in an hour. The youngest patient vaccinated was 12 years old; the oldest patient vaccinated was 103 years-old.
“The state of Maryland showed great foresight in lining up the right partners and site to help meet the initial crush of demand for the COVID vaccine. There is no doubt that the large volume of vaccines administered at the M&T Bank Stadium Mass Vaccination Site significantly contributed to turning the page on the pandemic in Maryland,” said Jason Marx, MD, a physician leader at the University of Maryland Medical System and Incident Commander at the M&T Bank Stadium Mass Vaccination Site.
The site opened with a visit by Governor Larry Hogan and received memorable visits over the next several months by Vice President Kamala Harris, Anthony Fauci, MD, Director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott, and several members of Congress. In perhaps the most publicized moment, a “bride” wore her wedding reception gown to the site, garnering media attention and social media buzz around the world.
Notable stats: What it takes to vaccinate almost a quarter of a million Marylanders
- 18 days to transform club level of stadium into mass vaccination site
- 400+ nurses
- 15+ pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who dispensed almost 250,000 doses with a .01% waste rate and zero severe adverse drug reactions
- 5+ supply chain personnel who dispensed 305,000 bandages, 177,495 gauze sponges, 36 gallons of isopropyl alcohol, and 300,000 pairs of Nitrile gloves
- 85 Maryland Air National Guard Members totaling 32,858 hours at site directing logistics
- 700+ bike racks, stanchions, and signage for patient throughput
- 25+ police and safety officers to manage crowds and direct traffic
- 10+ information technology professionals and a dedicated onsite virtual private network
- 100+ call center agents to schedule appointments by phone
- 5+ web services professionals to manage online scheduling
"The M&T Bank Stadium mass vaccination site was beyond successful in delivering life-saving vaccines to tens of thousands of Marylanders,” said Maryland Department of Health Secretary Dennis R. Schrader. "As one of the cornerstones of our immense vaccination infrastructure, the facility greatly exceeded our expectations."
The University of Maryland Medical System is leading COVID vaccination initiatives on several fronts. The System and its member organizations have co-managed multiple mass vaccination sites, including the sites at M&T Bank Stadium, the Baltimore Convention Center Field Hospital, the Southern Center for students at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, Glenarden Baptist Church, Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium and Regency Furniture Stadium. It was also the first health system in the state to provide in-patient vaccination and has deployed mobile vaccination clinics throughout Maryland. All told, UMMS has directly contributed to over 630,000 vaccinations as a health system.
About the University of Maryland Medical System
The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) is a university-based regional health care system focused on serving the health care needs of Maryland, bringing innovation, discovery and research to the care we provide and educating the state's future physician and health care professionals through our partnership with the University of Maryland School of Medicine and University of Maryland, Baltimore professional schools (Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work and Dentistry) in Baltimore. As one of the largest private employers in the State, the health system's more than 29,500 employees and 4,000 affiliated physicians provide primary and specialty care in more than 150 locations, including 13 hospitals and 9 University of Maryland Urgent Care centers. The UMMS flagship academic campus, the University of Maryland Medical Center in downtown Baltimore, is recognized regionally and nationally for excellence and innovation in specialized care. Our acute care and specialty rehabilitation hospitals serve urban, suburban and rural communities and are located in 13 counties across the State. For more information, visit www.umms.org.
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