man receiving COVID-19 vaccine

If you have received your booster, please make sure your record has been updated with UMB.

The country is seeing a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases that is taxing many health systems including those in Maryland.

One vital step that members of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) community can take to protect themselves and others from the Omicron variant is to get a COVID-19 booster shot as soon as possible. Boosters are effective within about three days of receipt. You can find a location for a booster appointment here.

“Completing your primary series with an authorized COVID-19 vaccine remains the best way to protect yourself against the virus and its variants,” said Wilbur Chen, MD, MS, professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and an adult infectious disease expert in the school’s Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health.

“If it’s been six months since your primary series, then your immunity may have declined significantly, so we recommend that you complete your booster dose.”   

If you have received your booster, please make sure your record has been updated with UMB. If you signed the Chesapeake Regional Information System for Our Patients (CRISP) authorization to share your vaccination data, UMB may already know of your booster status. Please help UMB by confirming we have your booster data in the COVID-19 Management Portal.

If we do not have your booster data, the easiest way to share is by authorizing your vaccination to be shared with UMB via CRISP. This can be completed in the portal.

If you have not used the CRISP authorization, or were vaccinated at a health care facility that does not use CRISP, please upload your booster information in the portal, at the bottom of the page.

Here are other steps you can take:

  • Wear a KN95 mask or equivalent in public to ensure the best protection. (KN95s are also required indoors at UMB for all employees and students.)
  • After returning from travel or attending a large event, get a COVID-19 test to ensure you’re not spreading to others.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.
  • If you do have symptoms or have a positive COVID-19 test, members of the UMB community should call the UMB COVID-19 Hotline at 1-800-701-9863.


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