COVID-19 vaccine eligibility details and information for health care workers under Phase 1 of the MA COVID-19 vaccine distribution timeline.
COVID-19 vaccinations for health care workers
All health care workers including COVID-facing health care workers, home-based health care workers, and non-COVID-facing health care workers are now eligible to receive the vaccine.
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All clinical and non-clinical health care workers are currently eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This includes health care workers providing care in the home.
Examples of eligible health care workers included in Phase 1
Clinical and non-clinical health care workers doing direct and COVID-facing care, including:
- COVID-19 testers, staff of test sites, urgent care centers, other clinics,school nurses, and public health nurses performing COVID-19 testing;
- COVID-19 vaccinators and support staff for a COVID vaccination clinic including pharmacists, pharmacy interns, pharmacy technicians, school nurses, and public health nurses supporting COVID-19 vaccination;
- Medical Reserve Corps who are called up to vaccinate or other COVID facing direct care work;
- COVID facing Hospice/palliative care professionals;
- COVID facing laboratorians;
- COVID facing imaging professions;
- Emergent employees (manufacturing COVID vaccine)
- Sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE)
- Primary care providers
- Skilled nursing facility rapid response teams
- Visiting and contract nurses
Home-based health care workers, including:
- PT/OT/SLP therapists who work with medically complex home students
- Personal Care Attendants (PCAs)
- Home Health, hospice, and home care agency staff performing visits in the home
- Independent Nurses and Continuous Skilled Nursing staff performing visits in the home
- Aging Service agency staff performing regular visits in the home
- State Agency staff performing direct care in the home, including DCF Emergency Response Workers, DMH case managers and DDS care coordinators
- Mental and behavioral health providers providing in home treatment (e.g., ACCS integrated team, PACT, CBHI, ABA, ESP)
- Adult Foster Care and Group Adult Foster Care workers performing work in the home
- Independent Therapists (physical therapists, occupational therapists, Speech & Language therapists) performing work in the home
- Home-Based Respite and Individual/Family Support staff (DDS and DDS Self Directed)
Health care workers doing non-COVID-facing care, including:
- Dentists/dental students, and dental hygienists (unless routinely working with COVID-19 positive or suspected patients such as Oral Surgeons covering the ER, in which case should be considered COVID-facing);
- Medical and nursing students (unless routinely working with COVID-19 positive or suspected patients, in which case should be considered COVID-facing);
- Inpatient and outpatient physical therapists and physical therapist assistants (unless routinely working with COVID-19 positive or suspect patients, in which case should be considered COVID-facing);
Certified athletic trainers;
- Interpreters who work in health care settings (unless routinely working with COVID-19 positive or suspected patients, in which case should be considered COVID-facing);
- Behavioral health clinicians not already covered in congregate care or direct care;
- Non-COVID facing Laboratorians;
- Blood donation workers;
- Organ donation procurement worker;
- Hospice/palliative care professionals;
- Non-COVID facing Imaging Professionals;
- Dialysis center workers and patients;
- Audiologists and speech and language pathologists (unless routinely working with COVID-19 positive or suspected patients, in which case should be considered COVID-facing);
- Podiatrists and pedorthists (unless routinely working with COVID-19 positive or suspected patients, in which case should be considered COVID-facing);
- Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) staff;
- SUD treatment program staff (if program is non-residential);
- Asthma and allergy specialists;
- Diagnostic sleep testing center staff;
- School nurses (other than those working as vaccinators/testers)
- Members of the clergy (if working in patient-facing roles)
- Mental and behavioral health providers working in clinical and educational settings (e.g., ACCS integrated team, PACT, CBHI, ABA, ESP)
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.
Additionally, health care worker employers may use the following options to access vaccine for their staff:
- 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).
- 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.
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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:
Updates for home-based health care workers
Important update, January 21, 2021:
Download Spanish: coming soon
- Important update, January 8, 2021:
- Download English: Home-based Health Care Workers COVID-19 Vaccine - Important Update PDF | Doc
- Download Spanish: Vacuna de COVID-19 para los trabajadores de salud domiciliarios: Actualización importante PDF | Doc