COVID-19 Vaccine in Massachusetts
updated February 18, 2021
Massachusetts continues its rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. The state is currently in Phase 2 of the vaccine distribution.
All people in Phase 1 are now eligible to receive the vaccine, including:
- clinical and non-clinical healthcare workers, including mental health care providers
- home healthcare workers
- first responders
- residents * and staff of long-term care facilities including nursing homes, state hospitals, and developmental centers
- residents * and staff of congregate care settings including DMH and DDS affiliated group living environments, residential substance use programs, residential special education schools, homeless shelters, and correctional facilities
* this includes eligible residents ages 16 and up
Vaccines are now available for certain Phase 2 groups:
- people ages 65 and up
- residents and staff of senior affordable housing (regardless of age)
- people with 2 or more higher-risk health conditions (see a list here)
People can get vaccinated in their care setting or place of employment, by their primary care physician, at a pharmacy, or at a public clinic. The state is working to set up more sites, including several mass-vaccination sites. Find a COVID-19 vaccination site.
For people who have MassHealth: MassHealth will provide free transportation to people with any type of MassHealth coverage. This includes Standard, CommonHealth, CarePlus, Family Assistance, and Limited, as well as the Children’s Medical Security Plan and Health Safety Net. If you are enrolled in OneCare, Senior Care Options, or Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, you can call your plan customer service to arrange transportation. All other people with MassHealth can call MassHealth Customer Service at 1-800-841-2900 or your MassHealth plan’s customer service number to schedule transportation. Read more about MassHealth transportation for vaccines here.