The City of Worcester led by the Department of Health & Human Services and Division of Public Health receives and distributes approximately 975 vaccinations per week at the City's Emergency Distribution Center currently operating out of the Worcester Senior Center and through mobile clinics for congregate care settings and house-bound seniors. This is in addition to other agencies across the City administering vaccines including Worcester State University and a variety of pharmacies and health centers. The demand for vaccination is high and we ask all residents to please be patient with the process so we can effectively distribute the vaccine following the State of Massachusetts guidelines.
As of April 5, individuals age 55+ and those with 1 certain medical condition are eligible to receive a vaccine. This is in addition to all priority groups in Phase One, and those in Phase Two Groups 1, 2, 3 & 4.
The Commonwealth's preregistration system will make it easier to request and schedule an appointment at one of the 7 mass vaccination locations. Eligible people can preregister for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at mass vaccination locations only. More locations will be added to the system in April.
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Hospitals, health care providers and community health centers have access to the COVID-19 vaccine to vaccinate their patients. Pharmacies including large retail outlets such as CVS, Walgreens, Osco and Walmart will also have access to the vaccines.
The State of Massachusetts currently has seven (7) mass vaccination sites located across the State. These locations are high-volume, large venue sites that offer the most appointments.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has awarded 20 cities a supply of "Equity Vaccines" with the objective that cities will conduct outreach and implement specialized, low-barrier vaccination clinics for hard-to-reach populations and populations facing cultural and/or language barriers to the mass vaccination system.
In-home vaccinations are for homebound individuals who are not able to leave their home to get to a vaccination site, even with assistance. These individuals require either:
When an individual contacts the Homebound Vaccination Central Intake Line, they will be able to speak with a representative who will ask them questions to determine if an in-home vaccination is appropriate (as defined above). The State Homebound Vaccine Provider, Commonwealth Care Alliance, will handle the scheduling and administration of in-home vaccinations.
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. It's important that you get the same type of vaccine both times.
You may use public transportation to get to and from the vaccination site. WRTA Route 3 and Route 6 provide FARE-FREE (until July 1) service to Worcester State University. Visit www.therta.com for schedule information, or call 508-791-9782 and select option 1 for assistance.
The City of Worcester is working closely with faith-based organizations, advocacy groups, community liaisons, Worcester Together, the City of Worcester's Equity Task Force and the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts to address hesitancy and equitable vaccine distribution.
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