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Vaccination Information

Vaccination Information

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 vaccines and boosters through mobile and stationary clinics and the homebound vaccination program. The City continues to prioritize vulnerable and isolated populations.

Am I Eligible?

Anyone ages 6 months and older is eligible to receive a vaccine. Individuals ages 6 months - 17 years can receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. People ages 18 and older can receive any vaccine.

Booster Shots

Updated (bivalent) boosters are now available and are replacing the original (monovalent) boosters. The bivalent doses have been formulated to protect against the Omicron variant, as well as original strains.

Fully vaccinated individuals ages 12 and older are eligible and encouraged to receive an updated (bivalent) COVID-19 booster shot.

  • Individuals are eligible for an updated booster at least 2 months after receiving their last dose, which could be:
    • The last of a primary series (second doses of the Pfizer, Moderna, or Novavax vaccine or single dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine)
    • One or more original (monovalent) booster dose
  • Individuals ages 18 or older may get any authorized, updated booster.
  • Individuals ages 12-17 are eligible only for the updated Pfizer booster.

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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.

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. These clinics are open to all who live or work in Worcester, and in particular welcome and support:

  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

Do you need an ASL Interpreter? Please call 508-868-6438 to request an interpreter or reasonable accommodation.

Worcester Public Library

Get your vaccine at one of the Worcester Public Library walk-in vaccine 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. and Saturdays from 12 to 5 p.m. Upcoming dates are listed below. Please note that standard parking rates apply for the WPL vaccination clinics.

  • Wednesday, September 28

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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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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: Mondays and Fridays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Central Community Branch YMCA, 766 Main Street: Mondays from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Family Health Center, 26 Queen Street: Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 – 4 p.m.
  • UMMHC Mercantile Center, Front Street: Mondays 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m. - 3 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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