EEC COVID-19 Resources and Information

EEC and the Department of Public Health (DPH) work closely with, stakeholders, medical experts, and state and federal partners to develop solutions that balance the needs of children and families with public health and safety. EEC-licensed programs should continue to make decisions based on available public health data, including levels of community COVID-19 risk.

Visit Mass.gov for COVID-19 Updates and Information:  What you need to know about COVID-19 in Massachusetts

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Health & Safety Guidance

COVID-19 Testing for Child Care Settings

EEC-licensed providers can order COVID-19 tests quarterly from EEC, at no cost, through at least December 2022.

The agency’s next quarterly shipment will provide tests for the months of September, October, and November. Beginning Monday, August 15, programs will be able to request tests for the next shipment through this new form. Programs must submit their request by Wednesday, August 31 to receive a September shipment.  Shipments will begin the first week of September. If a program needs an emergency shipment of tests after the next shipment, they should submit a request using the new form. For support with ordering tests,  call 781-305-4389 or email info@tighe-co.com.

The EEC COVID-19 Healthline is available, in English and Spanish, to EEC-affiliated programs through August 2022 to support COVID-19-related inquiries and support the implementation of testing guidance.  Contact the EEC Covid-19 Healthline: 857-488-4418 or  EEChealthline@primary.health.

The federal government has extended the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Operation Expanded Testing through December 2022. Through federal funding, Operation Expanded Testing supports free PCR testing for child care programs and other educational settings. For more information about the program or to register for PCR tests for your child care program in Massachusetts, visit OperationExpandedTesting.com .

  

COVID-19 Vaccinations for Children

People ages 6 months+ who live, work, or study in Massachusetts should get a COVID-19 vaccine. People ages 5+ should get a booster. 

FIND A LOCATION AT VAXFINDER.MASS.GOV 

Children Ages 6 months-4 Years Old 

Children ages 6 months through 5 years old who live in Massachusetts are now able to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine is safe and effective. You don't need an ID or insurance to get the vaccine. 

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For more resources about the COVID-19 vaccine, including for children aged 6 months - 4 years old, visit COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 6 months to 4 years old.

Children Ages 5-11 

Children ages 5 to 11 who live or go to school in Massachusetts are now eligible to get the Pfizer vaccine. The vaccine is safe, free and effective. You don't need identification or insurance to get it. 

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Contact the EEC Covid-19 Healthline with questions related to testing: by calling 857-488-4418 or via email at EEChealthline@primary.health

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