COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

Stay informed about phases of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Massachusetts. We will update this page as news breaks and provide resources when available.

The rollout of COVID-19 vaccine has begun across the country, see which groups of people are prioritized to get the shots, when can you get the vaccine, where to get it and weekly updates of the rollout here.

When can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Below is Massachusetts’ vaccine distribution timeline. The state said the timeline prioritizes “protecting our most vulnerable, maintaining health care system capacity, and addressing inequities in health care access and COVID-19 burden.”

There are a total of three phases in the state’s vaccine distribution timeline. Phase 1 of the rollout, from December to February, is dedicated to providing shots to healthcare workers, first responders, workers at long term care facilities and congregate care settings.

When can I get a COVID-19 vaccine in Mass?
When can I get a COVID-19 vaccine in Mass? (Infographic: Mass.gov)

Massachusetts is now in Phase 1 of vaccination. Here’s a list of who can get it now, listed in order of priority:

 

  • Clinical and non-clinical health care workers doing direct and COVID-facing care, including:
    • COVID-19 testers, staff of test sites, urgent care centers, other clinics,school nurses, and public health nurses performing COVID-19 testing;
    • COVID-19 vaccinators and support staff for a COVID vaccination clinic including pharmacists, pharmacy interns, and pharmacy technicians, school nurses, and public health nurses supporting COVID-19 vaccination;
    • Medical Reserve Corps who are called up to vaccinate or other COVID facing direct care work;
    • COVID facing Hospice/palliative care professionals;
    • COVID facing laboratorians;
    • COVID facing imaging professions;
    • Emergent employees (manufacturing COVID vaccine)
    • Sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE)
    • Primary care providers
    • Skilled nursing facility rapid response teams
  • Long term care facilities, rest homes and assisted living facilities
  • Emergency medical services, police, and fire, including:
    • All interfacility transport workers, MedFlight staff, college/university campus police, 911 Dispatch employees
    • Federal law enforcement (including FBI, DEA, Coast Guard, federal court officers, U.S. Marshals Service, ATF, Federal Reserve Police, Homeland Security investigators)
    • Court officers
    • Harbormasters/Assistant Harbormasters
    • Massport police
  • Congregate care settings, including:
    • Corrections and shelters
    • Patients and staff of SUD treatment programs (if program is residential)
    • Patients and staff of Section 35 treatment programs
    • Adults with autism, intellectual disabilities, and severe behavioral challenges in residential programs
  • Home-based health care workers, including:
    • PT/OT/SLP therapists who work with medically complex home students
    • Personal Care Attendants (PCAs)
    • Home Health, hospice, and home care agency staff performing visits in the home
    • Independent Nurses and Continuous Skilled Nursing staff performing visits in the home
    • Aging Service agency staff performing regular visits in the home
    • State Agency staff performing direct care in the home, including DCF Emergency Response Workers, DMH case managers and DDS care coordinators
    • Mental and behavioral health providers providing in home treatment (e.g., ACCS integrated team, PACT, CBHI, ABA, ESP)
    • Adult Foster Care and Group Adult Foster Care workers performing work in the home
    • Independent Therapists (physical therapists, occupational therapists, Speech & Language therapists) performing work in the home
    • Home-Based Respite and Individual/Family Support staff (DDS and DDS Self Directed)
  • Health care workers doing non-COVID-facing care, including:
    • Dentists/dental students, and dental hygienists (unless routinely working with COVID-19 positive or suspected patients such as Oral Surgeons covering the ER, in which case should be considered COVID-facing);
    • Medical and nursing students (unless routinely working with COVID-19 positive or suspected patients, in which case should be considered COVID-facing);
    • Inpatient and outpatient physical therapists (unless routinely working with COVID-19 positive or suspect patients, in which case should be considered COVID-facing);
    • Interpreters who work in hospitals (unless routinely working with COVID-19 positive or suspected patients, in which case should be considered COVID-facing);
    • Behavioral health clinicians not already covered in congregate care or direct care;
    • Non-COVID facing Laboratorians;
    • Blood donation workers;
    • Organ donation procurement worker;
    • Hospice/palliative care professionals;
    • Non-COVID facing Imaging Professionals;
    • Dialysis center workers and patients;
    • Audiologists and speech and language pathologists (unless routinely working with COVID-19 positive or suspected patients, in which case should be considered COVID-facing);
    • Podiatrists (unless routinely working with COVID-19 positive or suspected patients, in which case should be considered COVID-facing);
    • Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) staff;
    • Audiologists;
    • SUD treatment program staff (if program is non-residential);
    • Asthma and allergy specialists;
    • Diagnostic sleep testing center staff;
    • Chiropractors
  • Individuals who do not come into contact with patients (e.g., back office, remote work, administrative staff who do not come into contact with patients, laboratory researchers who do not come into contact with patients) are not prioritized in Phase 1 and should be prioritized in Phase 2 or Phase 3 depending on each individual’s age, comorbidity status, or other worker category.
COVID-19 Vaccination Phase One Timing by Group
COVID-19 Vaccination Phase One Timing by Group (Infographic: Mass.gov)

Where can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

  • Most health care workers will be vaccinated at their place of employment
  • First responders can visit mass.gov/FirstResponderVaccine for COVID-19 vaccine locations and more information
  • Individuals living and working in long term care will be vaccinated as part of the Federal Pharmacy Partnership Program
  • Vaccination for individuals in other congregate settings (e.g., group homes, shelters, corrections) will be coordinated by the management of those facilities
  • Many additional vaccination administration sites will be made available for other populations

According to the state’s website, it is in the process of standing up mass vaccination sites. These sites will be used for priority groups in earlier phases. Governor Charlie Baker on Tuesday announced that the Gillette Stadium will soon be turned into the first mass Coronavirus vaccination site in Massachusetts.

When the vaccine is available to the general public, public vaccine clinics will be available on the CDC’s interactive website: vaccinefinder.org. You will also be able to check with your primary care provider, local pharmacy or local health department.

How many doses are there in the COVID-19 vaccine?

According to Massachusetts Department of Public Health, a person is counted as fully vaccinated if they have received the number of doses required to complete the COVID-19 vaccine series. Moderna and Pfizer vaccine, which are being administered in Massachusetts, require two doses to complete the series.

How many COVID-19 vaccine doses has Massachusetts administered?

Data as of Jan. 5, 2021. Data Updated each Thursday by 5p.m.

There has been a total of 328,000 vaccine doses (187,600 of the doses are Moderna vaccine and 140,400 of the doses are Pfizer vaccines) shipped to Massachusetts, of which a total of 141,108 doses, including the first and second doses, have been administered so far. 79% of the doses administered went to people working in hospitals.

Suffolk county has so far received 132,000 COVID-19 vaccine does, more than any other county in Massachusetts. The total COVID-19 vaccine doses, first and second doses included, shipped to Suffolk county so far is at 16.2% of its population.

 

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