Accessing the Covid-19 Vaccine
Accessing the COVID-19 Vaccine
The Baker administration has notified the Watertown Health Department and other Local Health Departments that we will not be allotted future COVID-19 vaccines for any first dose clinics, unless we can vaccinate 750 persons per day for at least 5 days per week.
Watertown will receive second doses to ensure that residents who received a first dose at a Watertown clinic can complete the vaccination series.
Any individual who is eligible for vaccination can visit COVID-19 Vaccine | Mass.gov for more information. Massachusetts COVID-19 vaccination locations can be found here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccination-locations#find-a-location-to-get-vaccinated-if-eligible-. If you require assistance in registering or have questions, please call Massachusetts 2-1-1.
We will continue to post information on our webpage, social media and COVID 19 page
For a complete list of vaccination locations visit: If eligible where can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Please note: These locations are planning to offer vaccine. They may not have appointments immediately available. This list will be updated periodically.
Eligibility (Listed in order of priority):
- For a more detailed list visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccine-distribution-timeline-phase-overview#phase-1-
Eligibility (Listed in order of priority):
- Group 1: Individuals age 75+ https://www.mass.gov/doc/update-on-covid-19-vaccine-for-individuals-ages-75-and-older/download
- Effective Thursday, February 11th, an individual who accompanies a person age 75 or older to one of four mass vaccination sites to receive the vaccine will be eligible to receive the vaccine too, if they have an appointment booked. Both the companion and the individual age 75 or older must have an appointment for the same day and both individuals must be present. Only one companion is permitted. The companion must attest that they are accompanying the individual to the appointment.
- Group 2: Individuals age 65+, individuals with 2+ certain medical conditions (only those conditions listed as at increased risk for severe illness), and/or residents and staff of low income and affordable senior housing.
- The Baker-Polito Administration announced individuals ages 65 and over and those with 2+ certain medical conditions, including Asthma, can visit www.mass.gov/covidvaccine to start booking an appointment for vaccine beginning, February 18th.
- Group 3: Other workers, including:
- Early education/daycare, K-12, transit, grocery, utility, food and agriculture, restaurant and cafe workers;
- Employees across the food, beverages, agriculture, consumer goods, retail, and foodservice sectors;
- Sanitation, public works and public health workers;
- Vaccine development workers;
- Food pantry workers and volunteers;
- Transit/transportation: Uber/Lyft/ride share services/pharmacy delivery drivers, workers in the passenger ground transportation industry (e.g. paratransit for people with disabilities, food delivery, non-urgent medical transport), Massport workers other than police, airline workers;
- Convenience store workers (under grocery workers);
- Water and wastewater utility staff
- Court system workers (judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, clerks), other than court officers who are listed under first responders
- Medical supply chain workers
- Workers at manufacturers (including biotechnology companies and those companies that have shifted production to medical supplies), materials and parts suppliers, technicians, logistics and warehouse operators, printers, packagers, distributors of medical products and equipment (including third party logistics providers, and those who test and repair), personal protective equipment (PPE), isolation barriers, medical gases, pharmaceuticals (including materials used in radioactive drugs), dietary supplements, commercial health products, blood and blood products, vaccines, testing materials, laboratory supplies, cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting or sterilization supplies (including dispensers), sanitary goods, personal care products, pest control products, and tissue and paper towel products.
- Funeral directors and funeral workers
- Shipping port and terminal workers
- Group 4: Individuals with one certain medical condition
The vaccine is expected to be available to the general public
COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs
I got my first dose at one of the Watertown clinics now where do I get my second one?
- If you received your first dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine with the Watertown Health Department you will be eligible to receive your second dose 28 days after your first dose. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has ensured second doses for individuals. You will be contacted through the email used at your original registration to sign up for your second dose. The email will be sent out a few days before you are due for your second dose. If you have any other questions please contact the Health Department at 617-972-6446.
I am a Veteran, is there another way to get a vaccine appointment?
- Please call your VA primary care provider or Patrick George, Watertown's VSO at (617) 972-6416 for information about the VA Health System and what they are providing to Veterans who meet specific criteria
I do not have access to a computer or have questions about the registration process.
- Individuals without access to the internet or who are unable to schedule their appointment online can call toll free 2-1-1 or (877) 211-6277 for assistance.
How long do I have to wait between the first and second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?
- The Pfizer vaccine requires two doses to be given 21 days apart. The Moderna vaccine requires two doses to be given 28 days apart.
- The vaccine is being provided free of charge to all individuals by the federal government. Insurance companies are also committed to not charging any out-of-pocket fees or co-payments related to COVID-19 vaccine administration, and all health care provider sites that receive COVID-19 vaccine must agree to not charge patients any out-of-pocket fees or deny anyone vaccination services.