It's been a long road with some significant difficulties and frustrations. Thanks to President Biden, everyone age 5 and up can now get a COVID-19 vaccine. Everyone age 16 and up can get a booster. Here's a step-by-step guide how to sign up for a vaccine appointment. Also, here's some helpful information about the benefits of getting vaccinated against COVID-19.
AM I ELIGIBLE FOR A VACCINE?
You can get a COVID-19 vaccine regardless of ability to pay, insurance coverage, or citizenship.
The vaccine itself is provided fully free of charge. If at any point you are asked to provide insurance information and you are uninsured, you can skip giving that information.
All Massachusetts residents aged 18 and over are now eligible to get a COVID-19 booster six months after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or two months since receiving a Johnson & Johnson single dose vaccine.
Vaccinations also are now available to anyone in the general public over the age of 5.
Anyone younger than 18 in Massachusetts must show written consent from a parent or guardian at a vaccination site. Residents can download the consent form in several languages from the state’s website.
HOW TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
HOW TO GET AN APPOINTMENT AT
LOCAL VACCINATION SITES:
Step 1: Go to https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/ and search by zip code to find an available appointment. If you have no luck, check back periodically to see if there is increased availability.
Step 2: Once you find an available appointment, book it through that vaccination location's website.
Step 3: Fill out a self attestation form. and either submit this form online or print it out and bring it to your appointment.
You can also contact your primary care provider to schedule a vaccine for you or your child.
If you are unable to schedule an appointment online, call the state's COVID-19 vaccine scheduling center at 2-1-1 or (877) 211-6277 for assistance. This service is available between 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and weekends 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 211 is available in English and Spanish and has translators available in 100+ languages.
The Baker Administration also suggests that you try the following local organizations as possible resources to assist you and your loved ones with scheduling a vaccination appointment:
Additional information on ways to get assistance scheduling an appointment will be shared as it become available.
If you are unable to leave your home due to health conditions for a routine medical appointment, homebound residents or their loved ones can call 1-833-983-0485 to begin the process of scheduling an in-home vaccine appointment. The line is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., available in English and Spanish and with translators available for other languages.