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Stop COVID-19 – Vaccine education and outreach materials

These educational materials are available for use by vaccine providers, community-based organizations, state and local government, and others to use in their public outreach and messaging efforts.

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Trust the Facts - Get the Vax campaign materials

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Trust the Facts - Get the Vax promotional page

View TV ads, animated videos and other materials for the Commonwealth's multilingual public awareness campaign for the COVID-19 vaccine.

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first responders vaccine

Graphic images of a vaccine bottle, hospital, first responders with health professionals and more for use in public messaging.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Generic Poster

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COVID-19 Vaccine Generic Poster

Learn about the COVID-19 Vaccine

WHEN can I get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

HOW will I know when it is my turn?

Is it SAFE?

For the latest on the COVID-19 vaccine in Massachusetts, visit mass.gov/COVIDvaccine

COVID-19 Vaccine need to know fliers, posters, and graphics

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COVID-19 Vaccines Need to Knows

COVID-19 Vaccine

Your need-to-know details about the COVID-19 Vaccine*

It is SAFE

The available COVID-19 vaccines are approved and recommended by the FDA and the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices following standard testing and approval processes.

By prioritizing resources and efforts, the vaccines were developed quickly and never at the expense of safety. For more on vaccine safety visit mass.gov/COVIDVaccineSafety

It is FREE

The COVID-19 vaccine is being administered free of charge to all individuals by the federal government.

Insurance information may be asked for by those administering the vaccine in order to bill-back to insurance. However, you will not be charged. If you do not have insurance, you are still eligible to receive the vaccine free of charge.

You need TWO doses to be FULLY vaccinated

Until you are fully vaccinated, you can still contract and spread COVID-19.

Not everyone will be vaccinated when you are. And while we know it dramatically reduces severe cases and symptoms, we are still learning about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions. Continue to wear a mask, wash your hands, keep distance and avoid groups between doses and even after your second dose.

Your two doses should be administered at the SAME SITE

You should receive your second dose of the same vaccine at the same site as your first.

  • Pfizer vaccine: at least 21 days following first dose
  • Moderna vaccine: at least 28 days following first dose

Before leaving your first dose appointment, schedule or confirm how to setup your next appointment.

Find out when you can get vaccinated at mass.gov/covidvaccinephases

Massachusetts developed a phased COVID-19 vaccine distribution timeline focused on equity and safety.

The timeline focuses on maintaining health care system capacity, addressing inequities in health care access and the COVID-19 burden, and protecting vulnerable populations. Each phase has priority groups within them. For regularly updated priority groups and eligible jobs and medical conditions, visit mass.gov/COVIDVaccinePhases

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When can I get a COVID-19 Vaccine in MA?

When can I get a COVID-19 vaccine in MA

Phase One

In order of priority

  • Clinical and non-clinical healthcare workers doing direct and COVID-facing care
  • Long term care facilities, rest homes and assisted living facilities
  • First responders (EMS, Fire, Police)
  • Congregate care settings (including corrections and shelters)
  • Home-based healthcare workers
  • Healthcare workers doing non-COVID-facing care

 Estimated Timeframe: December - February 

Phase Two

In order of priority

  • Individuals 75+
  • Individuals 65+, Individuals with 2+ certain medical conditions (only those conditions listed first as at increased risk for severe illness)
  • Early education and K-12 workers, transit, grocery, utility, food and agriculture, sanitation, public works and public health workers
  • Individuals with one certain medical condition

Estimated Timeframe: February - April 

Phase Three

  • Vaccine available to general public

Estimated Timeframe: April - June

For more information on vaccine distribution visit Mass.gov/COVIDvaccine
 

COVID-19 vaccine timeline for distribution flier

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COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution Timeline

Massachusetts timeline for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

Most people will be vaccinated in phase 3 of Massachusetts’ vaccine timeline. Learn how the plan was developed and why specific groups have been prioritized.

Each state has their own plan

The CDC created high-level recommendations. Each state then developed their own plan based on this guidance and their own needs. The state developed the phases with the Massachusetts Vaccine Advisory Group, which includes leaders from:

  • Health care
  • The faith community
  • Community organizations
  • Local government

Our Timeline achieves key priorities for MA

  1. Maintaining health care system capacity
  2. Addressing inequities in health care access and COVID-19 burden
  3. Protecting vulnerable populations

Massachusetts has 3 phases with priority groups within them

Most people will be vaccinated as part of Phase 3.

  • Phase 1: All groups currently eligible
  • Phase 2: Begins Feb. 1st with ages 75+ eligible, other groups to follow February - March
  • Phase 3: Expected to start in April

Find your phase or get updates on newly eligible groups and phases in the future at mass.gov/covidvaccine

Information will be regularly updated at mass.gov/covidvaccine as we move through phases

You can check mass.gov/covidvaccine for regular updates on where Massachusetts’ is in the vaccine distribution plan. You can also sign up for COVID-19 and vaccine alerts at mass.gov/covidalerts. No action is required at this time for phase 3, but check mass.gov/covidvaccine for all updates.

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COVID-19 VACCINATIONS FOR FIRST RESPONDERS

Vaccination site location details

Scheduling information

Eligibility requirements

Visit Mass.gov/FirstResponderVaccine

Vaccine Information for 65+ Individuals Flier

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Individuals 65+ can now get the COVID vaccine

Individual’s age 65+ can get the COVID-19 Vaccine

Phase 1

All phase 1 priority groups: Now eligible

 

Phase 2

Individuals 75+: Now eligible

Individuals 65+ and individuals with 2+ certain medical conditions: Now eligible

K-12 educators, child care workers, and school staff: Eligible on 3/11

Transit, grocery, utility, food and agriculture, sanitation public works, and public health workers: Not yet eligible

Individuals with 1 certain medical condition: Not yet eligible

 

Schedule your appointment now if you are eligible

  1. Visit mass.gov/covidvaccine for locations and appointment availability
  2. Select a location and schedule with their link or phone number. Have your insurance card ready if you have insurance. Uninsured individuals can still get the vaccine.
  3. Bring ID and insurance if you have them. Learn more about preparing at  mass.gov/covidvaccineguide

 

All mass vaccination locations have:

  • Wheelchairs provided on-site & wheelchair entrances
  • Staff designated to assist with mobility issues
  • Accessible entrances, parking & pick-up

 

Mass vaccination locations have the most appointment availability
 

Massachusetts Vaccine Scheduling Resource Line

Call 2-1-1  or (877) 211-6277

Monday through Thursday from 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM

Friday through Sunday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
 

For more information, visit Mass.gov/COVIDvaccine65

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People with certain medical conditions can receive the COVID-19 Vaccine in MA

Beginning February 18, people aged 16 or older who have 2 or more certain medical conditions are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD
  • Down Syndrome
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
  • Immunocompromised state from solid organ transplant
  • Obesity or Severe Obesity (BMI 30 kg/m2+)
  • Pregnancy*
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Smoking
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Asthma (moderate-to-severe)

*If you are pregnant you may wish to speak with your Doctor or health care provider prior to receiving the vaccine.

Individuals age 16 or older with 1 of these medical conditions are eligible to receive the vaccine in Group 4 of Phase 2.

When you are eligible, schedule an appointment.

  • You do not need medical records or documents to prove you have these conditions. You will "attest" to having them when scheduling or at your appointment.
  • Visit mass.gov/covidvaccine to find locations, appointment availability and to schedule your appointment.
  • If you have insurance, you should have your card ready when scheduling your appointment.
  • If you have insurance and an ID, you should bring them to your appointment.

 

Massachusetts Vaccine Scheduling Resource Line Call 2-1-1 or (877) 211-6277

Monday through Thursday from 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM

Friday through Sunday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

For more information visit Mass.gov/MedicalConditions

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How to get a COVID-19 Vaccine

How do I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

  1. Find your priority group and an estimated timeline for eligibility
  2. Find a COVID-19 vaccination location
  3. Have important documents ready* to schedule an appointment and fille out the self attestation form

*Such as your insurance card if insured

Go to mass.gov/COVID/vaccine

Have medical questions? Contact your doctor

Preparing for your COVID-19 vaccination appointment flier

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How to prepare for your vaccination appointment

The first step to getting vaccinated is confirming you are in an eligible group. Once you confirm eligibility, you can book your appointment. To check who is eligible and to schedule appointments visit mass.gov/covidvaccine

What to know before you go

  • The vaccine is free to all individuals.  
  • You must make an appointment to get a vaccine.
  • The vaccine requires two doses. You should make sure you have a second appointment scheduled from the same site, or know how to schedule it, before leaving your first appointment.  
  • You can get a vaccine even if you do not have insurance, a driver’s license, or a Social Security number.
  • You must confirm you are eligible for your phase. Learn how below.

What you need for your appointment

Confirm your eligibility

To get vaccinated in Phase 1 or 2, you will need to confirm that you are part of a currently eligible group within those phases. This is called “attesting.” You might attest online or over the phone when booking. If you are not asked when booking, you will use a form. Locations should have an attestation form, however, you can fill out the state’s form and bring it with you to your appointment to be prepared. Get the form at mass.gov/covidvaccineguide

Additional documents

Your vaccination location may list the below items as necessary, however, that only applies to people who have them. You can still receive the COVID-19 vaccine without insurance or an ID.

  • An ID with your name, if you have one, to verify your name in the vaccination system.
  • Health insurance card, if you have one. Your insurance will be billed at no cost to you.

If you are going to a “local vaccination location” (yellow stars on map), those are for workers or residents of select cities and towns.  They will include what you need to bring in their “special instructions” when scheduling your appointment. 

Keep others safe

It will take time to get the COVID-19 vaccine rolled out and get everyone vaccinated. Before, between doses, and when you are fully vaccinated, continue to use all tools available to stop the spread. 

Frequently Asked Questions after getting the COVID-19 vaccine flier

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Frequently asked questions about getting the COVID-19 vaccine

Are there any side effects to the vaccine(s)?

  • Pain, redness, swelling and/or tenderness at shot area
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle and/or joint pain
  • Chills
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fever

Some people experience side effects only after the second dose rather than the first

What should I do if I experience side effects?

  • Apply a clean, cool, wet washcloth over the shot area, and use or exercise your arm.   
  • Drink plenty of fluids and dress lightly to reduce fever discomfort.
  • Contact your doctor or healthcare provider if the redness or tenderness at the shot area increases after 24 hours, other side effects do not go away after a few days, or you are worried.

When does the vaccine start working?

It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity, so it’s possible a person could be infected with COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and get sick.

How effective is one dose compared to two?

You need two doses to be fully vaccinated. Between doses and after your second dose, continue to wear a mask, wash your hands, keep your distance and avoid groups. 

How long does protection from the vaccines last?

We do not have data yet to say for how long the vaccine will provide protection.

Do I have to follow the travel order, wear a mask, and avoid groups still after I get it?

Yes. It’s important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to stop the spread. Even after two doses, you should continue to follow all state guidance as we learn the vaccines’ impact in real-life conditions.
 

Post-vaccine fliers: Moderna

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Post-Moderna Vaccine Need to Knows

You received the Moderna vaccine

Important Information for those receiving the COVID-19 vaccine

Thank you for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. You are an important part of our effort to stop the spread and keep our communities safe.

You’re not fully vaccinated yet!

You need to receive your second dose to be fully vaccinated. Until then, you can still contract and spread COVID-19. Between doses and following your second dose, continue to practice habits to reduce the spread.

  • Wash your hands
  • Wear a mask
  • Keep your distance
  • Avoid groups

Not everyone will be vaccinated when you are. And while we know it dramatically reduces symptoms, we are still learning about the vaccine’s protection against COVID-19 contraction in real-life conditions.

Sign up for your second MODERNA dose

Schedule or confirm how to set up your second dose appointment before leaving your first appointment

  • Your second dose should be administered at least 28 days following your first dose.
  • Get vaccinated at the same site as your first dose.
  • You must receive the same vaccine for your second dose.

You may experience minor side effects, major side effects are rare

Serious side effects from vaccines, including the COVID-19 vaccine, are rare. The most common side effects are minor and include:

  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Pain, tenderness, swelling and redness at the injection site
  • Muscle pain and/or joint pain
  • Chills
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Fever

These side effects can last several days but are not cause for alarm. If pain at the injection site persists or you are worried, contact your doctor. If you do not have a primary care or wish to report any side effects to the CDC visit cdc.gov/vsafe

For more information visit Mass.gov/COVIDvaccine

Post-vaccine fliers: Pfizer

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Post-Pfizer Vaccine Need to Knows

You received the Pfizer vaccine

Important Information for those receiving the COVID-19 vaccine

Thank you for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. You are an important part of our effort to stop the spread and keep our communities safe.

You’re not fully vaccinated yet!

You need to receive your second dose to be fully vaccinated. Until then, you can still contract and spread COVID-19. Between doses and following your second dose, continue to practice habits to reduce the spread.

  • Wash your hands
  • Wear a mask
  • Keep your distance
  • Avoid groups

Not everyone will be vaccinated when you are. And while we know it dramatically reduces symptoms, we are still learning about the vaccine’s protection against COVID-19 contraction in real-life conditions.

Sign up for your second PFIZER dose

Schedule or confirm how to set up your second dose appointment before leaving your first appointment

  • Your second dose should be administered at least 21 days following your first dose.
  • Get vaccinated at the same site as your first dose.
  • You must receive the same vaccine for your second dose.

You may experience minor side effects, major side effects are rare

Serious side effects from vaccines, including the COVID-19 vaccine, are rare. The most common side effects are minor and include:

  • Pain at injection site
  • Tiredness
  • Muscle pain and/or joint pain
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Fever

These side effects can last several days but are not cause for alarm. If pain at the injection site persists or you are worried, contact your doctor. If you do not have a primary care or wish to report any side effects to the CDC visit cdc.gov/vsafe

For more information visit Mass.gov/COVIDvaccine

Guide to hosting a forum on the COVID-19 vaccine

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Guide to hosting a forum on the COVID-19 vaccine

Instructions for using this guide

  • This guide is designed for providers, community groups, and others to host local meetings or forums about the COVID-19 vaccine, with the goal of increasing vaccine confidence. 

  • It includes information from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) in response to commonly asked questions and encourages discussion and feedback.

  • There are additional talking points in the notes section of each slide.

  • You may use some or all of this content based on your community’s interests and needs.

  • The guide will be updated based on new information about the COVID-19 vaccine and feedback from its users.

COVID-19 vaccine frequently asked questions

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Common questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, getting vaccinated, vaccine safety, and more.

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