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COVID-19 VACCINATION

THREE NEW UPDATES REGARDING THE COVID-19 VACCINE (updated 3/10/2021):

  1. Beginning March 12th, the Commonwealth’s preregistration system will make it easier to request and schedule an appointment at one of the 7 mass vaccination locations. Eligible people can preregister for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at mass vaccination locations only. More locations will be added to the system in April. Once you sign up for preregistration, you’ll receive weekly status updates. You can opt-out at any time if you find an appointment elsewhere. Once an appointment is available, you’ll be contacted with the opportunity to book the appointment and have 24 hours to accept it. Click here to learn more!
  2. In an effort to make coronavirus vaccines more accessible to Massachusetts educators, state officials announced Wednesday they will designate four days at the state’s mass vaccination sites for K-12 teachers, child-care workers, and other school staff members to be vaccinated.
    The dates include Saturday, March 27; Saturday, April 3; Saturday, April 10; and Sunday, April 11. On those dates, the sites will exclusively administer first doses to K-12 educators, child-care workers, and other school staff members. Click here to learn more!
  3. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued its first set of recommendations on activities that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely resume.
    The new guidance—which is based on the latest science — includes recommendations for how and when a fully vaccinated individual can visit with other people who are fully vaccinated and with other people who are not vaccinated. This guidance represents a first step toward returning to everyday activities in our communities. CDC will update these recommendations as more people are vaccinated, rates of COVID-19 in the community change, and additional scientific evidence becomes available. These new guidelines include:
    • Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or staying 6 feet apart.
    • Visit with unvaccinated people from one other household indoors without wearing masks or staying 6 feet apart if everyone in the other household is at low risk for severe disease.
    • Refrain from quarantine and testing if they do not have symptoms of COVID-19 after contact with someone who has COVID-19.
      Click here to learn more!

 
As recently updated by the state, individuals who fall under Phase 1 and Phase 2, (groups one and two) are now eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in Massachusetts. Phase one includes healthcare workers, people who live and/or work in long-term care facilities, first responders, and those that live or work in congregate care settings. Phase two groups one and two include individuals age 65 and older, individuals with 2 or more certain medical conditions, residents and staff of low income and affordable senior housing, and Massachusetts educators. Over 170 vaccination clinics are open throughout the state for eligible individuals identified in these phases to get vaccinated.  Please know at this time, we do not anticipate receiving vaccines from the state.  All patients are advised to visit the state’s website, www.Vaxfinder.ma.gov or call the state-sponsored phone line “211” for further assistance.  


MOST PATIENTS FALL UNDER PHASE TWO AND PHASE THREE
Phase 2 (February – March 2021; listed in order of priority - updated 1/25/2021)
  • Individuals age 75+
  • Individuals age 65+, individuals with 2+ comorbidities (only those conditions listed as at increased risk for severe illness), and/or residents and staff of low income and affordable senior housing.
  • Other workers, including:
    • Early education, K-12, transit, grocery, utility, food and agriculture, restaurant and cafe workers;
    • Employees across the food, beverages, agriculture, consumer goods, retail, and foodservice sectors;
    • Meatpackers;
    • Sanitation, public works and public health workers;
    • Vaccine development workers;
    • Food pantry workers and volunteers;
    • Transit/transportation: Uber/Lyft/ride share services/pharmacy delivery drivers, workers in the passenger ground transportation industry (e.g. paratransit for people with Disabilities, food delivery, non-urgent medical transport), Massport workers other than police;
    • Convenience store workers (under grocery workers);
    • Water and wastewater utility staff
    • Court system workers (judges, prosecutors, defense attorney, clerks), other than court officers who are listed under first responders
    • Medical supply chain workers
      • Workers at manufacturers (including biotechnology companies and those companies that have shifted production to medical supplies), materials and parts suppliers, technicians, logistics and warehouse operators, printers, packagers, distributors of medical products and equipment (including third party logistics providers, and those who test and repair), personal protective equipment (PPE), isolation barriers, medical gases, pharmaceuticals (including materials used in radioactive drugs), dietary supplements, commercial health products, blood and blood products, vaccines, testing materials, laboratory supplies, cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting or sterilization supplies (including dispensers), sanitary goods, personal care products, pest control products, and tissue and paper towel products.
    • Funeral directors and funeral workers
    • Shipping port and terminal workers

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VIEW VACCINE LOCATIONS FOR ELIGIBLE AND ACTIVE PRIORITY GROUPS & PHASES 

Eligible April 5, 2021:

  • People who are 55 or older
  • People with 1 certain medical condition

 

Phase 3 (Starting  April 19, 2021): If your group is not specifically listed in either Phase 1 or Phase 2, you will be eligible to receive the vaccine in Phase 3, which will launch April 19, 2021.

 
Please see the updated graphic from the state regarding vaccine eligibility (updated 1/25/2021)

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