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COVID-19 Vaccination

The first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines has been delivered to Massachusetts. There are very limited supplies of the vaccine currently available, but availability is expected to grow in the weeks to come. Per the Massachusetts COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution Plan, the vaccines will be provided in three phases.

Scroll down to learn more about this phased distribution, find out when you can expect to be able to access the vaccine, and see answers to frequently asked questions about the vaccine.


Graphic - vaccine distribution phases in Massachusetts. Phase 1, December to January, healthcare workers, first responders and long term care / congregate housing staff receive vaccine; Phase 2, February to April, high-risk individuals, adults over 65 and essential workers receive vaccine; Phase 3, April to June, the vaccine will be made available to the general public.
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Phase 1 is expected to last from December through February. During this time, the vaccine will be made available to the following populations:

  1. Clinical and non-clinical health care workers doing direct and COVID-facing care.
    Most health care workers will be vaccinated at their place of employment or have their employer otherwise coordinate their vaccination.
  2. Long term care facilities, rest homes, and assisted living facilities
    Individuals living and working in long term care will be vaccinated as part of the Federal Pharmacy Partnership Program
  3. Police, fire, and emergency medical services
    Most first responders will be vaccinated at their place of employment or have their employer otherwise coordinate their vaccination.
  4. Congregate care settings (including corrections and shelters)
    Vaccination for individuals in other congregate settings (e.g., group homes, shelters, corrections) will be coordinated by the management of those facilities.
  5. Home-based health care workers
  6. Health care workers doing non-COVID-facing care

As Massachusetts receives additional shipments of COVID-19 vaccines, vaccination will be made available to additional populations, with vaccination of high-risk members of the public expected to begin in February. Harrington Hospital, along with other hospitals across the state, will work to administer vaccines to the public.

Check back soon for further information about when and how distribution to the general public will occur. You may also refer to the  Massachusetts COVID-19 Vaccine Information website for further information. You may also sign up to receive COVID-19 and vaccine alerts.

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

I qualify to receive the vaccine in Phase 1 - where and how can I get it??
How will I know when the state has moved into a new phase and I am eligible to receive the vaccine?
How do I know the vaccine is safe?
Will I have to pay for the vaccine?
Where can I get more information about the COVID-19 vaccine?

COVID Policy Update: No Visitors or Patient Companions

Please note that there are currently NO visitors or patient companions permitted at  Harrington Hospital, Harrington Physician Services offices, or any Harrington healthcare facility until further notice (with the exception of essential help to provide care for disabled or pediatric patients).

Our top priority is to protect you, our patients, communities, and healthcare workers.