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Eligibility TimelineThe Baker-Polito Administration and the Department of Public Health have developed a vaccine distribution timeline which determines when individuals in Massachusetts are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Most individuals will be eligible to be vaccinated during Phase 3, which is scheduled to begin on April 19. To find out when you're eligible to be vaccinated, click here.
Residents Currently EligibleThe following groups are currently eligible to receive the vaccine in Massachusetts:First responders, healthcare workers, congregate care residents and staff, individuals age 55 and older, individuals with 1or more certain health conditions, low income and senior housing residents and staff, K-12 teachers and school staff, childcare providers, and certain essential workers (see full list).
Timeline for Remaining GroupsApril 5: Residents 55+ and residents with one certain medical conditionApril 19: General public ages 16 years of age and older
Vaccine Clinic Locations in Lowell
Appointments at all sites are currently extremely limited due to the demand for vaccine and limitations on its availability in Massachusetts in Nationally. Information about additional sites outside of Lowell can be found online at: vaxfinder.mass.gov
Make an Appointment By PhoneThe City of Lowell has launched a dedicated vaccine appointment assistance call center that will offer live, phone-based support to residents attempting to secure a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. The call center will be open Monday through Saturday from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM, and is equipped to provide assistance to callers in English, Khmer, Spanish and Portuguese. Residents can reach the call center by dialing 978-228-3019.
Lowell residents may use this line for assistance in schedule appointments, for general inquiries related to the vaccine, to report a need for an at-home vaccination (for homebound residents) and to be added to the waitlist to make a vaccine appointment at the Lowell Senior Center.Eligible residents encountering difficulty making vaccine appointments using the State's online system may also make an appointment by phone by calling the Mass Vaccine Scheduling Resource Line at 2-1-1. The resource line is available Monday-Friday, 8:30AM-5:00PM.
Other Vaccination Sites in MassachusettsAs more members of the public become eligible to receive the vaccine, all health care institutions including hospitals, community health centers and private medical offices will have access to the vaccine to vaccinate their patients. Pharmacies will also be able to vaccinate their customers.Lowell residents are also eligible to seek appointments at public sites outside of the City including pharmacies and mass vaccination sites which are equipped to handle a high volume of vaccinations. To view a map of active vaccine clinics in Massachusetts, visit: mass.gov/covidvaccinemap. Please note that many locations on this map are restricted to residents of certain regions. Locations listed on this map vary frequently.
Pre-Registration at MassVax SitesAll Massachusetts residents can pre-register for an appointment at one of seven mass vaccination sites throughout the State. Individuals who have pre-registered will not be given an appointment until they are eligible. It may take several weeks or longer for individuals to be contacted once they have pre-registered. Please note that no sites in Lowell are participating in this process. To complete the pre-registration process, click here.Know the FactsAppointments are required to get a vaccine.The vaccine is free. You will not be asked to provide credit information to make an appointmentThe vaccine is safe. It is not possible to get COVID-19 from the vaccine. Mild side-effects are common, but go away within a few days.The vaccine is effective. All vaccines that have received emergency use authorization from the FGA demonstrated a high rate of effectiveness in preventing COVID-19 in clinical trials.Health insurance is not required. You may be asked to provide health insurance information when registering, but will not be denied an appointment if you are uninsured.Some vaccines required two shots. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require a second shot. If you receive either vaccine, you should schedule your second shot before leaving your first appointment.
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