With the start of COVID-19 vaccinations it’s important to know how long will it take to get vaccinated and when it’s your turn. The vaccine process began mid-December in Massachusetts, and the governor, along with the Department of Public Health, developed a distribution timeline for all Massachusetts residents.

The timeline is based on three main goals:

  1. To protect the most vulnerable
  2. To keep health care facilities below capacity
  3. To make the vaccine available to all

With these goals in mind, Massachusetts has a three-phase approach to get you and your family safely vaccinated.

Phase 1: December 2020 – February 2021

The first vaccinations will go to those who work in areas with COVID-19 patients, those who work with vulnerable populations, those in long-term care facilities, and those who are emergency responders, including:

  • Patient-facing COVID-19 healthcare workers
  • Long-term care facilities, rest homes, or assisted living facilities
  • Police, firefighters, and emergency medical service professionals
  • Congregate care settings (shelters and corrections facilities)
  • Home-based healthcare workers
  • Healthcare workers in non-COVID-19 patient-facing roles

Phase 2: FebruaryMarch 2021

The second round of vaccinations focuses on people with multiple health conditions (comorbidities), workers in key public and governmental sectors, and the elderly:

  • People with two or more medical conditions (at high risk for COVID-19)
  • Workers in early ed., K-12, grocery stores, transit, utility companies, food and agriculture, sanitation, public works, and public health sectors
  • Adults aged 65+
  • People with one medical condition

Phase 3: Starting April 2021

This is when those not in the previous phases can expect to get vaccinated. The general public are expected to be invited to get the vaccine at a number of different venues.

  • Public vaccine clinics will be available (use the CDC’s interactive website: vaccinefinder.org)
  • Your doctor’s office will likely have the vaccine
  • Local pharmacies and health departments will have the vaccine

While many of us need to wait until April, vulnerable communities, healthcare personnel working with patients with COVID-19, and first responders will be vaccinated sooner. In the meantime, keep wearing your masks, maintain physical distancing, and clean your hands frequently to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you.