Massachusetts Medical Society: COVID-19 Vaccine Information

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Individuals 16 years of age and older who live, work, or study in Massachusetts can get vaccinated. Use the Massachusetts COVID-19 Vaccine Finder to search for a vaccination location and view appointment availability. Walk-ins are also being welcomed at many locations including mass vaccination sites.

Massachusetts children ages 12 to 15 can start receiving the COVID-19 vaccine on May 13, 2021. Learn more at COVID-19 vaccinations for people under age 18.

Key things know about the COVID-19 vaccines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) based on early data:

  • All of the COVID-19 vaccines show promise in reducing severity of disease 

  • It typically takes two weeks after vaccination for the body to build protection (immunity) against the virus that causes COVID-19; you are not fully vaccinated until 2 weeks after the 2nd dose of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks after a one-dose vaccine

  • People who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic 

What we are still learning:

  • How well vaccines prevent you from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 to others, even if you do not have symptoms

  • How long COVID-19 vaccines protect people

  • How effective the vaccines are against new variants of the virus that causes COVID-19

The Massachusetts COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Initiative works with the populations and communities hardest hit by COVID-19 to increase awareness and acceptance of the vaccine, access to vaccination locations, and vaccine administration rates. The approach is driven by community needs and is centered on equity, a core pillar of the state’s vaccine distribution plan, and is informed by the state’s  COVID-19 Health Equity Advisory Group and the Vaccine Advisory Group.

COVID-19 Vaccines, Safety, and Efficacy

Vaccine Information for Physician Practices

Talking To Your Patients About The Vaccine

A strong recommendation from their trusted physician or health care provider is a crucial factor in patients’ decisions about getting immunized.

  • Ariadne Labs COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Toolkit: Best practices for having vaccination conversations, a step-by-step COVID-19 vaccine conversation guide, suggested language for responding to patient questions, and a patient-oriented COVID-19 vaccine handout that addresses the most common concerns about the vaccine.

  • Stop COVID-19 – Vaccine education and outreach materials: Educational materials for use by vaccine providers, community-based organizations, state and local government, and others to use in their public outreach and messaging efforts from the MA Department of Public Health

  • Talking to Patients about COVID-19 Vaccines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Educating Patients and The Public: Tools and research to inform clinician communication about COVID-19 vaccination with patients including multicultural communities, from the Infectious Disease Society of America (ISDA)

Information For Patients

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