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COVID-19 Vaccinations for Health Care Workers

COVID-19 vaccine eligibility details and information for health care workers under Phase 1 of the MA COVID-19 vaccine distribution timeline.

Vaccine distribution in Massachusetts has launched in a phased approach. There are three phases and within each phase there are several priority groups. As of January 21, 2021, all health care workers including COVID-facing health care workers, home-based health care workers, and non-COVID-facing health care workers will be eligible to receive the vaccine.

View examples of eligible health care workers included in Phase 1.

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Eligibility

All clinical and non-clinical health care workers are currently eligible to receive vaccine. This includes health care workers providing care in the home. Examples of eligible home-based health care workers included in Phase 1 are listed on the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Timeline.

Updates for home-based health care workers

Vaccination locations

The Commonwealth is providing all health care workers – including home-based health care workers and non-COVID-facing health care workers – with several options for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine starting January 21, 2021.

A map and downloadable list of vaccination sites can be accessed here and includes the following types of sites:

  • Mass vaccination sites launched by the Commonwealth.
  • Retail pharmacies who are enrolled with the Commonwealth to receive COVID-19 vaccine.  
  • Certain hospitals, health care providers, and local boards of health that will offer vaccination sites open to all who are vaccine-eligible in Massachusetts. 
  • Some local boards of health will offer vaccination sites open to those who live and work in their communities

Vaccination sites are being launched regularly. Check the map frequently for the latest listing of vaccination sites.

Additionally, health care worker employers may use the following options to access vaccine for their staff:

  1. Health care worker employers may register to vaccinate their staff and possibly others at their place of employment. Organizations that meet certain criteria and have the capacity to operate a vaccine clinic can enroll in the Massachusetts COVID-19 Vaccine Program (MCVP).
  2. COVID-facing health care workers or their employers may be eligible to receive the vaccine through an initiative whereby a hospital serving each region of the state acts as a “depot” for small physician practices. More information is in the information for small physician practices to access vaccine for their staff section below.

Appointment documentation

Be prepared to show the COVID-19 Massachusetts Vaccination Attestation Form at your appointment:

  • Complete the form online. You can provide your email address on the form if you would like a copy emailed to you.
  • It is acceptable to display the confirmation email on your phone at your appointment.
  • You may print out this PDF, fill it out and bring it with you to your appointment.
  • If you cannot print out the form or complete it online, you may fill it out at the vaccination site.

At your appointment you may be asked for the following information:

  • Insurance card. Vaccination is free whether you have insurance or not. if you have insurance, please bring that information with you.
  • Identification, examples include:
    • Employer-issued ID card that includes your name and title; or
    • Government-issued identification or license; or
    • Recent paystub

You may get a vaccine even if you don’t have a driver’s license or a social security number.

Information for small physician practices to access vaccine for their staff

The Massachusetts COVID-19 Command Center and DPH, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) and Mass General Brigham are managing an initiative to facilitate access to COVID-19 vaccine for independent COVID-facing physician practices prioritized under Phase 1, starting with COVID-facing health care workers.  

Under this initiative, hospitals serving each region of the state have been identified to act as a “depot” to assist the Commonwealth with its vaccination and/or distribution efforts. For clinical practices that are unable, due to their size and capacity, to receive larger, direct allocations of vaccine, a depot will redistribute vaccine and all ancillary materials for office-based vaccination and in some cases will provide direct vaccination to health care workers.

To be a part of the program that offers office-based vaccination, a practice must:

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