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COVID-19 vaccinations for senior housing settings

Vaccinations for residents living in and staff working in public and private low income and affordable housing for older people.

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

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    Vaccination locations

    There are 2 options for residents and staff of public and private low income and affordable senior housing to get vaccinated:

    1. Housing owners and operators may plan onsite and offsite vaccination clinics in partnership with a vaccination provider, such as the local Board of Health, an independent or retail pharmacy, a community health center, or a healthcare system. Housing owners of eligible properties who wish to organize a vaccination clinic, should email seniorhousingvaccine@mass.gov.
    2. Residents and staff of senior affordable housing may schedule individual appointments at public vaccination locations.There are different ways to find a vaccine appointment:
      1. Preregister at VaccineSignUp.mass.gov to be notified when it's your turn to schedule an appointment at a mass vaccination or regional collaborative location
      2. Use VaxFinder.mass.gov to search for appointments at pharmacies, health care providers, and other community locations

    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.

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    Housing Properties in the Federal Pharmacy Participation Program

    The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched the Federal Pharmacy Partnership Program (FPPP) to deploy vaccines to Long Term Care Facilities, including nursing homes, rest homes, assisted living residences, and continuing care retirement communities. The CDC included those properties funded through the HUD Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly program. A list of facilities that participated in the FPPP can be found here.

    Point of contact

    For questions regarding options and resources for vaccines for senior affordable housing  – please contact: SeniorHousingVaccine@mass.gov.

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