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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 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.

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Am I Eligible?

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.

Medical Conditions

  • Asthma (Moderate to Severe)
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes (type 1 or type 2)
  • Down Syndrome
  • Heart Conditions (Such as Heart Failure, Coronary Artery Disease, Cardiomyopathies)
  • HIV Infection
  • Immunocompromised State (Weakened Immune System)
  • Liver Disease
  • Overweight and Obesity - Calculate Your BMI
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Smoking
  • Solid Organ or Blood Stem Cell Transplant
  • Stroke or Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Substance Use Disorders

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Make an Appointment

No Insurance, No Identification, No Problem

  • You must make an appointment to get a vaccine.
  • 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.
  • Because vaccine supply is very limited, it may take several weeks or more to schedule an appointment.

Preregister for a Vaccine

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.

Preregister Online

Where Do I Get the Vaccine?

Worcester State University - Large-Scale Vaccination Site

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Schedule Appointment Online Learn More

Additional 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

Mass Vaccination Sites

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.

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Mobile Vaccine Equity Clinics

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.

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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.

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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 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.

Hesitancy

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.

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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