February 17, 2021
A Message for
All NEQCA Primary Care and Specialty Providers
LCO Presidents, Administrators and Medical Directors
Practice Office Managers
NEQCA Board of Trustees
NEQCA Central

Please consult the COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Guide for Medical Practiceswhich is updated nearly daily with important information for you and your patients.

TOMORROW 2/18: Phase 2 Vaccine Eligibility Expands

Massachusetts Department of Public Health today announced that beginning Thursday, February 18, vaccine eligibility will expand to include:
1. Individuals age 65+  
2. Individuals (any age 16+) with 2 or more medical conditions (listed below)
3. Residents and staff of low income and affordable senior housing (learn more about this group here).

Please note: A companion policy (announced on 2/11/21), which allows individuals who might not otherwise be eligible to get vaccinated, will remain in place only for patients who are companions or caregivers to residents age 75 and over.

All practices should be communicating with their patients about their eligibility. 
For tips to identify eligible patients please click hereWhile not required, patients may inquire and/or request documentation to outline their qualifying medical conditions. An optional letter template has been developed herePlease note all patients will still have to self-attest to their eligibility. 

Phase 2 eligible medical conditions (must have 2 or more):
*For this group, this does not include individuals who are immunocompromised due to other conditions, such as bone marrow transplant or HIV
**If you are pregnant or breastfeeding and have questions about getting vaccinated, a discussion with your healthcare provider might help you make an informed decision. Learn more about vaccine safety and pregnancy.