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Guide How to prepare for your COVID-19 vaccine appointment

How to make your COVID-19 vaccination appointment and get ready for it.

People age 16 and older who live, work, or study in Massachusetts can get vaccinated.

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Make your COVID-19 vaccine appointment

You can preregister for a mass vaccination or regional collaborative location, or find a location and schedule your appointment.

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 choose a location.

Massachusetts receives a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine doses from the federal government each week. Due to high demand and very limited supply, it may take several weeks to schedule an appointment or to be notified that an appointment is available.

People without access to the internet or who are unable to preregister or schedule their appointment online can call toll free 2-1-1 or (877) 211-6277 for assistance.

If you need public transportation, use the MBTA trip planner.

Video: What to expect at your mass vaccination location appointment

Get vaccinating against COVID-19. You can get the vaccine if you are 16 and older and live, work, or study in Massachusetts. 

Watch the video in English here.

Watch the video in Spanish here.

What to know before you go

The COVID-19 vaccine is free

Important information to know before going to your appointment:

  • The vaccine is free. You will never be asked for a credit card number to make an appointment.
  • You must make an appointment to get a vaccine
  • Mass vaccination site are accessible
  • The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses. You should make sure you have a second appointment scheduled from the same site, or know how to schedule it, before leaving your first appointment. Johnson & Johnson/Janssen only requires one dose.
  • You can get a vaccine even if you do not have insurance, a driver’s license, or a Social Security number
  • Be prepared to wait 15 to 30 minutes after receiving the vaccine for observation.

What you need for your appointment

Additional documents

Your vaccination location may list the below items as necessary, however, that only applies to people who have them. You can still receive the COVID-19 vaccine without insurance or an ID.

  • Bring an ID with your name, if you have one, to verify your name in the vaccination system.
  • Bring your health insurance card, if you have one. Your insurance will be billed at no cost to you. You do not need to be insured to receive the vaccine.

Sites labeled “Local vaccination locations” on the map (yellow stars) may require additional documents since they are only open to those who live in that city or town. This will be listed when making your appointment under "special instructions." 

During your appointment

  • If you arrive early, please wait in your car until your appointment time.
  • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth.
  • You will get a vaccination card that tells you which COVID-19 vaccine you received, and when and where you received it. If you received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, the card will remind you to return for a second dose.
  • The vaccination site will tell you when to come back for your second appointment, if applicable.

Make sure you get both doses of Pfizer and Moderna

You need two doses of the same vaccine to be fully protected.

  • It's important that you get the same type of vaccine both times.
  • Go back to the same vaccination site to get the second dose.

Keep others safe

The COVID-19 vaccine — while showing extremely positive results — is like every other vaccine in that none is ever 100% effective. To keep people safe you must continue wearing a mask, washing your hands, keeping your distance, and avoiding groups.

It will take time to get the COVID-19 vaccine rolled out and get everyone vaccinated.

 

Read more: Guidance for people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19

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