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Vaccination Information

Vaccination Information

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Overview

The City of Worcester led by the Department of Health & Human Services and Division of Public Health is actively engaged in a city-wide effort with community partners to administer vaccinations to isolated populations through mobile vaccine equity clinics and the homebound vaccination program. This is in addition to other agencies across the City administering vaccines including  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.

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Am I Eligible?

All people age 12 and older who live, work or study in Massachusetts are eligible to receive a vaccine. This is in addition to all priority groups in Phase One and those in Phase Two. People ages 12-17 can receive the Pfizer vaccine. People age 18 and older can receive any vaccine.

Trust the Facts, Get the Vax

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.

Learn more at www.getvaccinatedworcester.org.

Mobile Vaccination Clinics (Dates Listed Below)

Worcester is implementing specialized, low-barrier vaccination clinics for hard-to-reach populations and populations facing cultural and/or language barriers to the mass vaccination system and NO APPOINTMENT IS NECESSARY.

To qualify for an Equity Vaccine, you must meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Black, Indigenous, People of Color or Latin individuals.
  2. Individuals who do not speak English, or who prefer to speak in another language.
  3. Individuals who do not have access to public transportation or who have barriers getting to a vaccination site.
  4. Individuals who do not feel comfortable receiving the vaccine in a traditional Healthcare setting.
  5. Individuals with disabilities and those who have access and functional needs.
  6. Individuals experiencing homelessness.
  7. Individuals with mental illness and/or residents with substance use disorder.
Group of Workers and Volunteers at Mobile Equity Vaccine Clinic
Saturday, July 31, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Dogfather Food Truck Festival, Beaver Brook Park
300 Chandler Street
Saturday, July 31, 1 - 3 p.m.
Piedmont Neighborhood Block Party
93 Piedmont Street
Sunday, August 1, 1 p.m.
Polar Park
100 Madison Street
Friday, August 13, 6:30 p.m.
Polar Park
100 Madison Street
Saturday, August 14, 4 p.m.
Polar Park
100 Madison Street
Wednesday, August 18, 6:30 p.m.
Polar Park
100 Madison Street
Tuesday, September 7, 6:30 p.m.
Polar Park
100 Madison Street

Do you need an ASL Interpreter? Please call Michelle Ortiz Ocasio at 774-303-6976 or email mortizocasio.socialwork@gmail.com to request an interpreter or reasonable accommodation.

Worcester Public Library - Equity Clinic

Get your vaccine at one of the Worcester Public Library walk-in Vaccine Equity Clinics. Show your new vaccine card to the staff at the Welcome Desk and they will forgive any WPL lost items. The walk-in clinic is being held at the Library's Main Branch, 3 Salem Square, on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Upcoming dates are listed below.

  • Wednesday, July 28
  • Wednesday, August 4
  • Wednesday, August 11
  • Wednesday, August 18
  • Wednesday, August 25

Learn More

Homebound Vaccination Program

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:

  1. Ambulance or two-person assistance to leave the home, or
  2. Are not able to leave the home for medical appointments under normal circumstances, or
  3. Have considerable difficulty and/or require significant support to leave the home for medical appointments.

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.

Learn More

Vaccination Sites

No Insurance, No Identification, No Problem

  • The vaccine is free. You will never be asked for a credit card number to make an appointment.
  • You can get a vaccine even if you do not have insurance, a driver's license or a Social Security number.
  • You will NOT need copies of medical records or a note from your doctor or health care provider to confirm you are eligible.

Worcester Locations

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.

List Locations

Walk-Up Clinics

There are several walk-up clinics located throughout the Worcester community. Below is a list of locations offered by our community partners:

  • Aids Project Worcester, 165 Southbridge Street: Fridays from 1 - 4 p.m.
  • Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, 19 Tacoma Street: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Family Health Center, 26 Queen Street: Tuesday - Saturday at various times; call 508-860-7700 for more info.
  • UMMHC Mercantile Center, Front Street: Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Some Vaccines Require 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. It's important that you get the same type of vaccine both times.

  • 21 days (Pfizer) or 28 days (Moderna) apart; need 15 minutes of observation after each dose.
  • Note: Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires one dose.

Transportation

You may contact the Family Resource Center to request free rides via a ride-share company to vaccination locations. Contact them at 508-796-1411.

Questions?

Vaccination Town Hall Video Presentations

View all the videos in the COVID-19 Vaccination Information playlist! All videos posted are from "town halls" featuring local public health officials and organizations related to the COVID-19 vaccines. Videos will automatically play in succession.

Additionally, you can view the videos in a larger window and then choose the video to play from the list.

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Additional Resources

COVID-19 Fact Sheets & Town Halls

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