Join us Tuesday, March 2 at 7:00pm for an in-depth look at the COVID-19 vaccine by local medical professionals.

Featured Panelists

Dr. E. Albert Reece is Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs at the University of Maryland.
Dr. Maura Rossman is the Health Officer for Howard County Government
Ronda Jones is a nursing assistant and Certified medicine aid at Maryland Masonic Homes in Cockeysville.
Maxine Charles is a Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Wilbur Chen is adult infectious disease physician-scientist with a specific interest in developing vaccines. He is Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Pastor Gary L. Wimbish, Columbia Community Center
Dr. Nia J. Leak is Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Director, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology,
Medical Director of Labor and Delivery,
at Howard County General Hospital
Pastor Debbie Rivera is Associate Pastor at Ellicott City Seventh-day Adventist Church

Quick Facts for COVID-19 Vaccines

Currently approved vaccines:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Moderna


  • Prevents serious illness or dying
  • Prevents you from spreading the virus
  •  Prevent future mutation.

What should you mention to your vaccination provider?

  • Any allergies
  • Fevers
  • Bleeding disorder/or if you are on a blood thinner
  • if you are immunocompromised or are on medicine that affects your immunity
  • if you are pregnant or breast feeding
  • if you received another covid-19 vaccine.

Side effects: temporary and unpleasant

  • Fevers, pain and redness at injection site, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, nausea and vomiting, swollen lymph nodes

Are there precautions needed after the vaccine and if so what should I do?

  • Continue social distancing
  • Continue wearing face covering in public places
  • Continue practicing good hygiene
  • Stay home if you are sick

Where can I get the vaccine?

What are the main Contraindication:

  • Individuals with severe allergic reaction such as anaphylaxis after a previous dose of the vaccine or mRNA vaccine.
  • Individuals with allergic reaction to any of the components of the vaccine.