After months of research and testing, we have new safe, effective tools to fight COVID-19 — vaccines. In Massachusetts, vaccines will be distributed in phases, and we encourage you to get vaccinated as soon as it is available to you.
Who Is Eligible to Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine?
Massachusetts is currently in Phase 2 of its vaccine rollout plan. Residents 65 and older, and those with two or more certain medical conditions are eligible to receive the vaccine in Massachusetts. You don’t need a doctor’s note or medical records to confirm your eligibility.
How to Get Vaccinated
- If you are a recent patient of a Beth Israel Lahey Health hospital or affiliated provider, learn more about vaccine availability for our patients.
- There are many other ways to get vaccinated, including through one of the state vaccination sites and retail pharmacies. Check the state’s searchable directory for more information.
Take Your Shot to Inspire Others
There are so many reasons to get vaccinated against COVID-19…for peace of mind, to save lives, to return to the things you love.
This is your shot. Tell us what it’s for.
Tips for Recording
- Find a quiet, well-lit location with no one behind you.
- If on a mobile device, hold your phone horizontally.
- Click Start Your Video.
- Begin with “This is my shot” then share your reason for getting vaccinated in 30 seconds or less.
- When you’re done, click Upload.
Coronavirus News & Resources
Beth Israel Lahey Health discusses COVID-19 with a wide variety of healthcare experts in this series of short videos.
Hear from Beth Israel Lahey Health patients and employees as they share their stories about COVID-19 and the vaccine.
Emergency use authorization for Johnson & Johnson's single-shot vaccine candidate could help speed deployment of COVID-19 vaccines. (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, February 27, 2021)
Most COVID-19 vaccine reactions are similar to those of the flu shot. Learn more about the possible side effects and find answers to questions on allergies and fertility.
As public COVID-19 vaccinations begin, it’s important to understand Massachusetts' vaccine rollout plan and when you will be eligible to get vaccinated.
Findings suggest ECMO life-support therapy can improve odds of survival for patients critically ill with COVID-19. Learn more about this study. (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, February 2, 2021)
In the Washington Post’s morning series “The Path Forward”, guest Alex Gorsky, the chief executive of Johnson & Johnson, sheds some light on some of the complicated vaccine questions. Gorsky noted he has never seen the level of partnership and collaboration that he observed over the last 13 months and highlighted the work with BIDMC as an example. (Washington Post, March 4, 2021)
Early in the COVID-19 health emergency, the sharing of resources and supplies among hospitals and health systems was critical in the pandemic fight. Speaking to the importance of collaboration, Kevin Tabb, MD, President & CEO of Beth Israel Lahey Health, noted how BILH shared ventilators with Boston Medical Center during the first surge, and more recently, received vaccines from another system, helping to prevent the cancellation of appointments. (Boston Business Journal, March 4, 2021)