Many of our patients and staff have been asking if they will be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine from Joslin. Currently, Joslin does not have a supply of COVID-19 vaccine. The federal government controls vaccine supply, and state government controls vaccine distribution. The state’s distribution plan is according to specific groups, not organization (graphic above). You may read all about Massachusetts' Vaccine Plan here.
If Joslin receives a supply of COVID-19 vaccines, we are required to follow the state’s distribution plan and offer it in the order of each group designated for priority by the state. That is, we cannot guarantee who could receive the vaccine if we were to obtain a supply. We anticipate that some our staff and patients will receive the vaccine from other sources--and all are encouraged to do so. For now, we have adequate information regarding our staff and patients to assign them into appropriate groups if we were to obtain a supply of vaccine in the future. We will keep you up to date as we receive further information and guidance.
You may also find information on the COVID-19 vaccine(s) on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
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.
Please stay tuned to this website for updated information as it becomes available and thank you for your ongoing patience.