Many of our patients have been asking if they will be able to receive COVID-19 vaccines from Joslin.
Joslin does not have a supply of COVID-19 vaccine and therefore we are unable to offer it to patients.
However, the vaccines will start to become more widely available in the next several weeks and months as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts begins Phase 2 of its Vaccination Rollout Plan on February 1. Depending on supply, vaccinations for people in Phase 2 are expected to take at least two months. The rollout for Phase 2 is as follows:
- Vaccines for Phase 2, Group 1 – defined as those age 75+ -- begin Feb. 1.
- Vaccines for Phase 2, Group 2 – defined as those age 65+ or those with 2 or more co-morbidities – will begin after the previous group is finished.
- Vaccines for Phase 2, Group 3 – defined as workers in certain sectors (education, grocery, transit, more)-- will begin after the previous group is finished.
- Vaccines for Phase 2, Group 4 – defined as individuals with one co-morbid condition – will begin after the previous group is finished.
Locations and signups for vaccines will be posted on the State’s website. Signup links are attached to each location on the map. Please check the website frequently as locations and appointments will change rapidly. If you do not live in Massachusetts, you must check your state's public health website for vaccination information.
In addition, the State has set up a call center for people 75+. Dial 2-1-1, then press "2" to be connected to a person who will help set up a vaccination appointment. Wait times to be expected.
We strongly encourage you to get the vaccine as soon as it becomes available to you. Please see the CDC’s website for extensive information on the COVID-19 vaccines.
In the meantime, we must continue to work together to bridge the gap between now and when 75-85% of the population has been vaccinated. We must remain vigilant about prevention and continue to follow the precautions to prevent its spread, including wearing a mask, social distancing, washing hands, avoiding travel, and staying isolated if sick.