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)
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 here.
While not required, patients may inquire and/or request documentation to outline their qualifying medical conditions. An optional letter template has been developed here.
Please 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.