How do I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

How do I get a COVID-19 vaccine?
How do I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

How do I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

  1. Find your priority group and an estimated timeline for eligibility
  2. Find a COVID-19 vaccination location
  3. Have important documents ready* to schedule an appointment and fill out the self-attestation form

*Such as your insurance card if insured

Go to mass.gov/COVID/vaccine

Have medical questions? Contact your doctor

Preparing for your COVID-19 Vaccination

The first step to getting vaccinated is confirming you are in an eligible group. Once you confirm eligibility, you can book your appointment. To check who is eligible and to schedule appointments visit mass.gov/covidvaccine

What to know before you go

  • The vaccine is free to all individuals.  
  • You must make an appointment to get a vaccine.
  • The vaccine requires two doses. You should make sure you have a second appointment scheduled from the same site, or know how to schedule it, before leaving your first appointment.  
  • You can get a vaccine even if you do not have insurance, a driver’s license, or a Social Security number.
  • You must confirm you are eligible for your phase. Learn how below.

What you need for your appointment

Confirm your eligibility

To get vaccinated in Phase 1 or 2, you will need to confirm that you are part of a currently eligible group within those phases. This is called “attesting.” You might attest online or over the phone when booking. If you are not asked when booking, you will use a form. Locations should have an attestation form, however, you can fill out the state’s form and bring it with you to your appointment to be prepared. Get the form at mass.gov/covidvaccineguide

Additional documents

Your vaccination location may list the below items as necessary, however, that only applies to people who have them. You can still receive the COVID-19 vaccine without insurance or an ID.

  • An ID with your name, if you have one, to verify your name in the vaccination system.
  • Health insurance card, if you have one. Your insurance will be billed at no cost to you.

If you are going to a “local vaccination location” (yellow stars on map), those are for workers or residents of select cities and towns.  They will include what you need to bring in their “special instructions” when scheduling your appointment. 

Keep others safe

It will take time to get the COVID-19 vaccine rolled out and get everyone vaccinated. Before, between doses, and when you are fully vaccinated, continue to use all tools available to stop the spread. 

Post-vaccine: Moderna

If you received the Moderna vaccine

Important Information for those receiving the COVID-19 vaccine

Thank you for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. You are an important part of our effort to stop the spread and keep our communities safe.

You’re not fully vaccinated yet!

You need to receive your second dose to be fully vaccinated. Until then, you can still contract and spread COVID-19. Between doses and following your second dose, continue to practice habits to reduce the spread.

  • Wash your hands
  • Wear a mask
  • Keep your distance
  • Avoid groups

Not everyone will be vaccinated when you are. And while we know it dramatically reduces symptoms, we are still learning about the vaccine’s protection against COVID-19 contraction in real-life conditions.

Sign up for your second MODERNA dose

Schedule or confirm how to set up your second dose appointment before leaving your first appointment

  • Your second dose must be administered 28 days following your first dose.
  • Get vaccinated at the same site as your first dose.
  • You must receive the same vaccine for your second dose.

You may experience minor side effects, major side effects are rare

Serious side effects from vaccines, including the COVID-19 vaccine, are rare. The most common side effects are minor and include:

  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Pain, tenderness, swelling and redness at the injection site
  • Muscle pain and/or joint pain
  • Chills
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Fever

These side effects can last several days but are not cause for alarm. If pain at the injection site persists or you are worried, contact your doctor. If you do not have a primary care or wish to report any side effects to the CDC visit cdc.gov/vsafe.

For more information visit Mass.gov/COVIDvaccine

Post-vaccine: Pfizer

If you received the Pfizer vaccine

Important Information for those receiving the COVID-19 vaccine

Thank you for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. You are an important part of our effort to stop the spread and keep our communities safe.

You’re not fully vaccinated yet!

You need to receive your second dose to be fully vaccinated. Until then, you can still contract and spread COVID-19. Between doses and following your second dose, continue to practice habits to reduce the spread.

  • Wash your hands
  • Wear a mask
  • Keep your distance
  • Avoid groups

Not everyone will be vaccinated when you are. And while we know it dramatically reduces symptoms, we are still learning about the vaccine’s protection against COVID-19 contraction in real-life conditions.

Sign up for your second PFIZER dose

Schedule or confirm how to set up your second dose appointment before leaving your first appointment

  • Your second dose must be administered 21 days following your first dose.
  • Get vaccinated at the same site as your first dose.
  • You must receive the same vaccine for your second dose.

You may experience minor side effects, major side effects are rare

Serious side effects from vaccines, including the COVID-19 vaccine, are rare. The most common side effects are minor and include:

  • Pain at injection site
  • Tiredness
  • Muscle pain and/or joint pain
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Fever

These side effects can last several days but are not cause for alarm. If pain at the injection site persists or you are worried, contact your doctor. If you do not have a primary care or wish to report any side effects to the CDC visit cdc.gov/vsafe.

For more information visit Mass.gov/COVIDvaccine