I've heard from both constituents and residents across Massachusetts about difficulties and frustrations signing up themselves or loved ones to finally receive a vaccine. Believe me, I share your concerns with the rollout of this whole process. 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.
Vaccinations are now available to anyone in the general public over the age of 12.
The only COVID-19 immunization currently authorized for youth aged 12-18 is the Pfizer vaccine. 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.
For more information on the vaccine distribution timeline, please consult the
MA Department of Public Health website here.
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.
For appointments at mass vaccination sites, there is no need to schedule in advance due to high vaccine availability.
We know the process of signing up for a vaccination appointment is frustrating and unnecessarily challenging. My legislative colleagues and I are advocating to change that.
If you are unable to schedule an appointment online, call the Baker Administration's 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. Expect long wait times on the phone.
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.
A FINAL WORD
I share your deep frustrations about how poorly the vaccine rollout process has been so far, and I continue to press the Baker administration for improvements. That is why I co-filed An Act Effectuating Equity in COVID-19 Vaccination to make vaccines available to all regardless of race, zip code, first language, transit access, or internet access. I promise to keep you updated about changes to the vaccine program as I receive them.
Questions and comments about the COVID vaccine distribution plan and implementation can be emailed directly to the Baker administration at COVID-19-Vaccine-Plan-MA@mass.gov. I welcome constituents to copy me on those emails as well.
Because the vaccination distribution will take several more months, please continue to wear a face mask, wash your hands, and maintain physical distance from others. Also, try to get 20-30 minutes of physical activity daily, stay hydrated, eat well, and take time to take care of your mental health.
I promise to continue advocating for your personal and public health. In the meantime, I wish you and your family strength, health, and resilience during these difficult times.
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