COVID-19: Vaccines Eligibility For All Over 16 By April 19; Advocacy for Prioritization for People with I/DD and Autism Continues

All Massachusetts citizens 16 years of age and older can now pre-register for a COVID-19 vaccination and will be eligible to receive it by April 19.

As of yesterday, all residents 60 years old and older or 16 and older with two or more of certain medical conditions are eligible in Massachusetts. By April 5, all residents 55 years old and older and residents with one certain medical condition will be able to receive the vaccine. If you fall in one of these categories, we encourage you to schedule a vaccination appointment as soon as possible. You only need to attest to the medical condition online (no doctor’s note needed) and can pre-register for the appropriate time period.

ALL residents 16 or older can pre-register now – go to this site to see the list and link to pre-register. You can also use www.VaxFinder.mass.gov to search for appointments at pharmacies, health care providers, and other community locations. Individuals without access to the internet or who are unable to schedule or preregister for their appointment online can call toll free 2-1-1 or (877) 211-6277 for assistance.

In February 2021, Massachusetts funded outreach to 20 communities which have been hardest hit by COVID-19, to advance health equity. These include Boston, Brockton, Chelsea, Everett, Fall River, Fitchburg, Framingham, Haverhill, Holyoke, Lawrence, Leominster, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, New Bedford, Randolph, Revere, Springfield and Worcester. If you have a disability or are a caregiver of a person with a disability and live in one of these communities, we recommend you find out if they are prioritizing persons with disabilities and caregivers. Each of the communities will have COVID information on their town website.

The Arc of Massachusetts continues to advocate for all people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, including autism, to be added to the “certain medical conditions” eligibility list for the vaccine in Phase 2 (by April 5). Given the high risk of death and medical complications from COVID-19, we urge that our community, including caregivers, be prioritized now for distribution and accessibility for the vaccine.

One Comment:

  1. This is very important since these adults are living at home with their elderly parents.
    These kids could bring it to their families. The care givers are getting vaccinated but the young they work with in their homes are not able to get vaccinated.

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