Recent patients of Beth Israel Lahey Health hospitals, physician practices and affiliated providers will have the option to get vaccinated with us once they become eligible under the state’s rollout plan. There are also many other ways to get vaccinated, including through one of the state’s vaccination sites and retail pharmacies. Check the state’s searchable directory for more information.
We encourage everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible, whether with Beth Israel Lahey Health, or anywhere else the vaccine is available to you.
Our Vaccination Process
When you are eligible for vaccination under the state’s plan, you can expect to receive an invitation from us by text, email or phone to schedule a vaccination appointment. Because the supply of vaccines is limited, you may not receive an invitation right away when you become eligible.
- Appointments are required, and only the person whose name is on the invitation can schedule an appointment.
- We cannot vaccinate anyone who comes with you to your appointment.
- We have several vaccine clinics across eastern Massachusetts. Vaccines aren’t available at doctor’s offices or hospitals.
Beth Israel Lahey Health Patients
Beginning this week, Beth Israel Lahey Health will resume offering limited new appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine to patients who are eligible under the current phase of the state’s distribution plan (Phase 2.2).
- Residents 65 and older
- Residents and staff of low-income and affordable senior housing
- Residents with two or more certain medical conditions that put them at higher risk of developing severe illness due to COVID-19
- Current cancer
- Chronic kidney disease
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Down’s Syndrome
- Heart conditions – heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies, pulmonary hypertension
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
- Obesity and severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher). You can calculate your BMI here: Adult BMI Calculator.
- Sickle cell disease
- Smoking or history of smoking
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
- Asthma (moderate to severe)
This is one option to get your vaccine. You also have access to the vaccination sites offered by the state, retail pharmacies and other organizations. To find a location and book an appointment you can:
- Check the state’s new searchable directory at vaxfinder.mass.gov.
- Call 2-1-1.
- Call 877-211-6277 for assistance.
Based on our medical records, we have identified many patients who are eligible in the current phase. However, it’s possible other patients may be eligible now, because we may not have all the medical and non-medical information we need to verify their eligibility.
- If we have identified you as eligible, you will receive an email, text or pre-recorded phone message inviting you to schedule an appointment at one of our 10 community vaccination clinics. You may not receive the invitation right away due to limited vaccine supply.
- If we have not identified you as eligible, you will receive an email, text or pre-recorded phone message asking you to let us know if you believe you qualify. If you don’t believe you qualify, no action is required. You may not receive this communication right away because it will be sent to patients on a rolling basis.
- Patients will not need to contact their doctor or hospital for proof of their medical conditions. They will just need to complete a brief form to attest that the information they provide to us is accurate.
- Even if your response to the form qualifies you right away, it still may take time for you to receive an invitation to schedule an appointment with us because of limited vaccine supply.