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COVID-19 vaccinations for certain workers

COVID-19 vaccine information for workers in certain categories.

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

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Steps to get your vaccination

Step 1: Preregister for a mass vaccination or regional collaborative location, or find a location and schedule your appointment

There are different ways to find a vaccine appointment if you're eligible:

Massachusetts’ preregistration system makes it easier to request and schedule an appointment. People can preregister for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at mass vaccination locations and certain regional collaborative locations only. More locations will continue to be added.

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 accept it.

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.

Individuals 75 and older 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.

Step 2: Learn how to prepare for your appointment and what you need to bring with you.


Who was included in this group?

Workers in the following categories are eligible as part of this group.

Worker category Definition / examples (if applicable)
Restaurant or cafe workers Cooks, servers, maintenance staff, managers, cashiers
Food, meatpacking, beverage, agriculture, consumer goods, retail, or food service workers All staff involved in the production, processing, storage, transport, wholesale and retail sale, preparation, and service of food and consumer goods, including farm and other agricultural workers, including farm stand and nurseries
Grocery and convenience store workers Cashiers, baggers, stockers, managers, maintenance staff, security staff, delivery workers, including paid shoppers
Food pantry workers or volunteers  
Medical supply chain workers Workers directly involved in the manufacturing and production, packaging, transport, quality control, and sale of materials critical to the delivery of medical care
Vaccine development workers Workers directly involved in research, development, manufacturing and production, packaging, transport, quality control, and sale of vaccines (COVID-19 and others)
Transit/transportation workers Drivers/operators, attendants, sales, administrators, security, maintenance staff, public and private bus, train/subway, passenger boat/ferries, passenger air, and automobile (including rental car, car service/limousine, taxi, and ride apps) transportation, bridge and road construction and maintenance workers, shipping port and terminal workers, commercial transportation, postal and package delivery workers
Public works, water, wastewater, or utility workers Utility: Electrical generation and supply system, natural gas delivery, nuclear power plant, water supply, telephone, cable/fiber optical/broadband/cellular service workers  Public works including street repair, street lighting,  public park, beach, and trail maintenance workers.
Sanitation workers Drivers, solid waste handlers, recycling staff, street cleaners, sewer and storm water system workers, janitors, housekeepers
Public health workers Public-facing federal, state, and local governmental public health workers
Court system worker (judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, clerks), other than court officers who are listed under first responders Criminal court workers, including judges, prosecutors, public defenders, private defense attorneys, clerks, maintenance workers
Funeral directors and  funeral workers Funeral directors/morticians, other funeral workers (funeral home staff, drivers, maintenance workers, cemetery workers, funeral cosmetology workers)

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