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Finding an appointment
Since VaccinateMA has gone into maintenance mode as of April 28th, 2021, you can use the following resources to find an appointment:
- Make sure you have signed up with the Massachusetts vaccine preregistration system: https://vaccinesignup.mass.gov.
- Check the Twitter bot @vaccinetime and set up notifications if you have a Twitter account. It posts automatically when appointments are released.
- Look at another volunteer-run site MA COVID Vaccines.
- You can also contact MA COVID Vax Help, which is a volunteer project that registers people for a vaccine.
- If you have difficulty using the Internet, you can call 211 (TTY (508) 370-4890) for the MA vaccine hotline, which is available 24/7, and they can register you for an appointment.
Getting to the appointment
There are a number of programs to help people get transportation to and from their COVID vaccine appointments. If you have health insurance under Medicaid, Medicare Advantage, or Veteran Affairs (VA), your plan may provide benefits for non-emergency transportation.
People with MassHealth or Health Safety Net coverage can get free rides.
People getting vaccines in Arlington, Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Newton, Revere, Somerville and Watertown can get two days of unlimited Bluebike rides (one for each dose) with the codes BLUEVAX1 and BLUEVAX2.
Residents of Berkshire County with disabilities can get free taxi rides with County Rainbow Taxi (CRT) to their appointments. If interested, please call AdLib’s Warm Line at 413-281-7328.
Lyft has partnered with nonprofits in certain areas of Massachusetts to provide free rides to/from appointments. Fill out the screening form to see if there are services near you. Right now, Worcester residents should email email@example.com.
See this Mass.gov webpage for more resources on transportation for medical reasons.
After the appointment
Be sure to take a photograph or scan of the front and back of your CDC vaccination card after all doses. The card provides important information for your health record. If you lose the card, contact the original location where you got the shot. Make sure to bring the card to your second appointment, too.
If you'd like to contribute data on vaccine side effects, download the V-safe smartphone app from the CDC. It will send you personalized check-ins after vaccination and remind you when it's time to get your second dose (if applicable). Alternatively, you can report side effects through Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).
Special groups (minors, seniors, people who are homebound, veterans)
People aged 16 and 17 are only eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine at this time. You must obtain guardian permission on a consent form, which you can bring to the appointment. The guardian does not have to be present at the appointment.
To find a ride to your vaccine appointment, seniors should contact your local Council on Aging or, if enrolled, your Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).
People who are homebound
From the Massachusetts State website:
In-home vaccinations are available for homebound people who are not able to leave their home to get to a vaccination site, even with assistance. These individuals either:
- Have considerable difficulty and/or require significant support to leave the home for medical appointments
- Require ambulance or two-person assistance to leave the home
- Are not able to leave the home for medical appointments under normal circumstances
If you or someone you know qualifies for in-home vaccination, please call the Homebound Vaccination Central Intake Line at (833) 983-0485 Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Representatives are available in both English and Spanish, and also have access to translators for over 100 languages.
There are often clinics specifically for veterans and their spouses and caregivers. Register your interest here to be contacted or find out more.
The following sites often host walk-in clinics for veterans and relevant individuals under the SAVES act
- Billerica: Billerica Town Hall
- Burlington: American Legion Post 273
- Beverly: Massachusetts Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue Team
- Dracut: Dracut Council on Aging
- North Andover: VFW
- Salem: Community Life Center
- Haverhill: Consentino Middle School (call 781-687-4000 to schedule)
- Bedford: Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Hospital (call 781-687-4000 to schedule from 8-4:30 on weekdays)
Search for them on our site for more information about location/eligibility.
Especially for transportation to/from VA centers, veterans should take a look at ride resources on this page.