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Frequently Asked Questions: PGCPS Employee Vaccination

Below are frequently asked questions that can help you better understand the vaccination clinics offered by Prince George’s County Public Schools.

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When will I be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

Prince George’s County began Phase 1B for COVID-19 vaccinations, which includes educators and support staff on Monday, January 18. Vaccinations will begin Saturday, January 30 at the Prince George’s County Sports and Learning Complex by appointment only. A clinic will open at the Kaiser Permanente Lanham Rehabilitation Center next week. The vaccination clinics are expected to run for six to eight weeks.

When are the clinics open?

Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover is open for appointments starting January 30, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kaiser Permanente Lanham Rehabilitation Center in Lanham is open for appointments next week; more information is forthcoming on the available dates and times.

How can I make an appointment?

All employees received an email from the Chief Executive Officer with registration information and their designated vaccination site.

As a PGCPS employee, am I eligible to be vaccinated even if I do not reside in Prince George's County?

Yes, this opportunity is open to all PGCPS employees. In the registration section, list the address of your work location and remember to bring PGCPS work identification card or another form of employment verification (i.e., printed pay stub) to the appointment.

I tried to register and all appointment slots are full. What should I do?

Available appointment slots will be emailed to employees weekly. The clinics are expected to run for six to eight weeks.

If I already have an appointment at another facility or another date to receive the vaccine, should I keep that appointment?

Yes. If you already have an appointment to receive the vaccine, please keep it. You will receive a card to show proof of vaccination. Please show that to your supervisor to ensure you receive paid leave on your scheduled appointment date.

Which vaccine will I receive?

Both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are being used based upon availability. When you arrive at the designated facility to receive your vaccine, please check with the health care provider regarding the type.

Where do I receive my vaccine?

Vaccinations will be distributed at the Prince George’s County Sports and Learning Complex and the Kaiser Permanente Lanham Rehabilitation Center. Employees received an email with a link to register at their respective site. Central office and school-based staff are assigned to the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex. Support staff is assigned to the Kaiser Permanente Lanham Rehabilitation Center. 

Is there a cost for the vaccine?

There is no cost to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

What should I do if I need to take leave due to immediate side effects?

PGCPS is giving employees paid leave on the day of the appointment or the Monday afterwards, depending on their designated group.

How should I submit leave for my vaccination appointment?

Employees may submit leave via Oracle Self-Service with the appropriate absence code (Other Leave/Vaccination) and relevant details. Please keep proof of vaccination for documentation.

I already received my first dose of the vaccine. May I take paid leave for my appointment to receive the second dose.

Yes, as long as you provide proof of vaccination.

Is it mandatory for all PGCPS employees to be vaccinated?

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) is not requiring the vaccination for educators.  Receiving the vaccination is a personal decision.  

If I get the vaccine, do I still need to wear a mask and practice social distancing?

Yes. While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using protective measures, including covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing hands often and staying at least 6 feet away from others.