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COVID-19

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Testing

The Health Department no longer offers nasal-swab (PCR) testing. You can access PCR testing through your primary healthcare provider and urgent care practices.

We continue to provide free, at-home test kits, subject to availability at the following locations:

Talbot County Health Department

510 Cadmus Lane
Easton, Maryland 21601

Call (410) 819-5600 to confirm availability and hours

Per-person limits apply

Talbot County Free Library 

100 W. Dover Street
Easton, Maryland 21601

Call (410) 822-1626 to confirm availability and hours

Per-person limits apply

At-home test kits are also available for purchase from pharmacies and grocery stores. 

Vaccination

In fall 2023, new Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines were released. These vaccines replace the previous vaccines and have been updated to respond to the most recent dominant strain of the virus.

The federal government has moved the primary vaccination program away from public agencies like the health department to other healthcare providers, like pharmacies and primary care practices. 

As a result, the Talbot County Health Department is no longer providing COVID-19 vaccines to the general public. 

The Centers for Disease Control recommends everyone 6 months and older get an updated COVID-19 vaccine to protect against the potentially serious outcomes of COVID-19 illness. 

Vaccination remains the best protection against COVID-19-related hospitalization and death. It also reduces your chance of suffering the effects of Long COVID, which can develop during or following acute infection and last for an extended duration.  

Most Americans can still get a COVID-19 vaccine for free. For people with health insurance, plans will cover COVID-19 vaccine at no cost to you. People who don’t have health insurance or with health plans that do not cover the cost can get a free vaccine from community health centers (such as Choptank Community Health) and pharmacies participating in the CDC’s Bridge Access Program. Children eligible for the Vaccines for Children program also may receive the vaccine from a provider enrolled in that program