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Vaccination Information

Vaccination Information

COVID-19 Vaccine Survey

Have you been vaccinated against COVID-19? We would like to know why or why not! Take this Short Survey to voice your thoughts on the vaccine.

¿Ha sido vacunado contra el COVID-19? ¡El Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos quiere saber sus pensamientos sobre la vacuna contra el COVID-19! Responda una Breve Encuesta para expresar su opinión sobre la vacuna.

Overview

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 12 and older can receive the Novavax vaccine, and those ages 18 and older can receive any vaccine.

Booster Shots

Updated (bivalent) Pfizer and Moderna 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. Novavax (non-mRNA, monovalent) boosters have also been approved.

Fully vaccinated individuals ages 5 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 6 or older may get either authorized, updated booster.
  • Individuals 5 years of age are eligible only for the updated Pfizer booster.

Fully vaccinated individuals ages 18 and older may instead choose to receive a Novavax booster shot at least 6 months after receiving the last dose of a primary series. Individuals who previously received a Pfizer or Moderna booster are not eligible for a Novavax booster.

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Where to Get Vaccinated

The City of Worcester led by the Department of Health & Human Services and Division of Public Health remains 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 by implementing low-barrier vaccination clinics for hard-to-reach populations and populations facing cultural, language, accessibility or other barriers. NO APPOINTMENT IS NECESSARY.

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

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 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.

  • Saturday, December 3
  • Wednesday, December 7
  • Saturday, December 10
  • Wednesday, December 14
  • Saturday, December 17
  • Wednesday, December 21
  • Wednesday, December 28
  • Saturday, December 31

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Group of Workers and Volunteers at Mobile Equity Vaccine Clinic

Other 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 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Central Community Branch YMCA, 766 Main Street: Mondays from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • UMMHC Mercantile Center, Front Street: Mondays 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Appointments can also be made at the Family Health Center of Worcester.

Homebound Vaccination Program

In-home vaccinations are available for anyone who has difficulty getting to or using a community vaccination location, including children 6 months to 17 years old.

You may schedule an appointment by calling the In-Home Vaccination Central Intake Line (operated by CDR Health) at 833-983-0485 or on the CDR Health Patient Portal page at patientportalma.com. Phone representatives are available in both English and Spanish, and also have access to translators for over 100 other languages.

In-home vaccinations will be:

  • Scheduled within a week of request.
  • Performed by fully vaccinated medical professionals, following all public health safety guidelines.
  • Tailored to meet the individual needs of the individual, as discussed on the scheduling call.

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Other 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

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.

  • Pfizer and Novavax doses are given 21 days apart
  • Moderna doses are given 28 days apart
  • 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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