Massachusetts residents aged 60 and older along with workers in specific industries, including employees of grocery stores and restaurants, are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at scores of immunization sites across the state as part of Phase 2 of the state’s vaccination plan.
Eligible residents under the state’s current inoculation plan include those with two or more qualifying health conditions, K-12 educators, and health workers and first responders.
Also eligible are caregivers who accompany those 75 and older to vaccination appointments. Companions can include younger partners, adult children, family members, neighbors, and caregivers. Only one companion is permitted to schedule an appointment with each 75-and-older resident, and appointments must be made at one of the state’s mass vaccination sites (Gillette Stadium, the Hynes Convention Center,the DoubleTree in Danvers, the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, the Natick Mall, the Eastfield Mall in Springfield, and the former Circuit City in Dartmouth).
All vaccination locations, which can be viewed at https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine, require appointments, and individuals must present proof of eligibility to receive the vaccine.
Any Mass. resident, regardless of eligibility, can preregister at VaccineSignUp.mass.gov to be notified when appointments for their eligibility group become available at one of the seven mass vaccination locations. People can only preregister for vaccination appointments at one of the mass vaccination locations, and more locations will be added to the system in April, the state said.
Eligible Mass. residents can also sign up to receive a vaccine at one of the state’s general or local vaccination sites, which can be browsed on VaxFinder.mass.gov. Sites include health care locations, pharmacies, and grocery stores, although some sites are restricted to residents of select towns. There are generally fewer appointments available at local and general vaccination sites compared to the mass vaccination sites, but availability is updated daily.
For residents receiving the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine that requires two doses, the state says the second dose should be scheduled at the same site as the first. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires one dose. The state also notes that it may take several weeks to secure an appointment, and additional appointments will become available as more vaccine supply arrives.
If people cannot access the state’s websites to schedule an appointment, the state launched a call center to assist with those who are struggling with the online resource.
Here’s how the online registration process should work.
Explore this map of vaccination locations, also on mass.gov.
Or visit VaxFinder.mass.gov to search for appointments at pharmacies, health care centers, and other community locations.
After you pick a site, visit the subsequent website that will prompt you with its own set of instructions on how to make an appointment. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health notes that if individuals live in an eligible public or private affordable low-income senior housing location, there may be an onsite clinic being planned, and that more information will be presented once available.
Fill out a self attestation form, and be ready to present it at your appointment. The attestation form is used to demonstrate individuals are eligible for the vaccine.The form asks individuals to identify which priority group they belong to. It can be filled out online or filled out and printed as a PDF. On the day of your appointment, either show the confirmation email or bring the printed PDF. The attestation can also be done verbally or in writing at the vaccination site, according to the DPH.
On the day of your appointment, vaccination sites will likely ask for an insurance card or identification card upon arrival. While the vaccination is free whether or not you have insurance, the state asks that residents bring along their insurance information if they have it. The state also asks that individuals present an identification card that includes residents’ names and titles. Employer-issued or government-issued identification cards, as well as recent paystubs, suffice.
You will not need to provide a social security card or government-issued identification to receive the vaccine. According to the DPH, you will never be asked for a credit card number to make an appointment.
If individuals need assistance getting to or from an appointment, the state recommends the MBTA trip planner resource. If residents need help scheduling an appointment, the state recommends calling the vaccination hotline at 211, or contacting the Local Council on Aging or regional Aging Services Access Points. Additional information regarding vaccination options will be released as they become available.
Previous Globe reporting was used to inform this article.