COVID-19 vaccination program and reopening updates

The Daily COVID-19 Vaccine Report includes the most currently available information on vaccine doses shipped, the number of vaccine doses administered, including the number of people partially and fully vaccinated, and the percent of total doses administered. Additional data on vaccines are published in the Weekly COVID-19 Vaccination Report and the Weekly COVID-19 Municipality Vaccination Report each Thursday by 5pm.

The Weekly COVID-19 Vaccination Report includes more granular information by geography, demographic factors, and more. The Weekly COVID-19 Municipality Vaccination Data Sets include information on individuals vaccinated for COVID-19 by their zip code and city or town of residence. The data includes age, sex and race/ethnicity characteristics of vaccinated individuals.

The Daily Report is updated each day at 4 PM. Information as of Thursday, January 6, 2021:

Doses shipped to MA providers (MIIS): 7,451,825

Doses shipped to pharmacies directly from the Federal Government: 7,539,835

Grand total doses shipped to MA: 14,991,660

Number of people with at least 1 dose of Moderna or Pfizer(MIIS): 5,572,381

Number of people fully vaccinated with Moderna or Pfizer (MIIS): 4,773,084

Number of people fully vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson (MIIS): 335,935

Booster Doses Administered: 2,223,943

Number of people fully vaccinated with existing COVID-19 vaccines: 5,109,019

Grand total doses administered (MIIS): 12,905,343


MIIS: Immunization data from most (but not all) providers in Massachusetts are reported into the Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS) through direct messages from electronic health records or direct entry by users. Due to provider reporting of administration data and data processing, data may be available in MIIS 24-48 hours or more after administration. Due to the time needed for inputting shipment data, shipment data may be available in MIIS 24-48 hours or more after shipment. Data are current as of the time of publication and may be subject to change in future publications as additional data are reported.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health interactive digital dashboard provides data on confirmed and probable case counts, testing, hospitalizations, and deaths related to COVID-19. The dashboard is updated daily by 5 PM.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


Data provided by the CDC is updated daily by 8 PM. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau also sourced. Information as of Friday, January 7, 2021:

Percent of MA pop. with at least 1 dose 91%Percent of MA pop. fully vaccinated75%

Who can get a COVID-19 Vaccine?

Everyone ages 5 years or older is eligible to be vaccinated.

People ages 5-17 years can only get the Pfizer vaccine.

A parent or guardian does not need to go with the minor to their vaccination appointment to give consent. If a parent or guardian is not accompanying the minor, they should download and complete a pre-vaccination screening form, available at mass.gov/CDCScreeningForm. The form is available in several languages.

Updated information about COVID-19 vaccinations for people under age 18 is on this website.

How can eligible individuals get the vaccine?

Steps to book an appointment:

  1. Visit https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/

  2. Select a location and schedule an appointment online or see walk-in availability.

  3. Bring your ID and your insurance card to your appointment. (You are not required to have either of these.)

  4. Fill out the self-attestation form, which will need to be presented at your appointment.

The Massachusetts Vaccine Scheduling Resource Line

All residents may call 2-1-1 or (877) 211-6277 and follow the prompts to reach the Massachusetts Vaccine Scheduling Resource Line in order to schedule an appointment. The Line operates Monday to Thursday, 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM, and Friday to Sunday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, and is available in English, Spanish, and about 100 other languages.

Mobile Vaccination Services


Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is now more convenient than ever. Mobile pop-up vaccination clinics are happening in cities and towns across MA - at community centers, auditoriums, parks, and other locations. Dates and locations can be found here.

DPH is offering organizations the option to easily vaccinate groups. Mobile vaccination services are available for employers, schools, community organizations, priority populations, and other groups. For more information on hosting a mobile pop-up vaccination clinic, click here.

Booster Shots:


Where to get a booster: Massachusetts residents can access booster doses from more than 1,000 locations, with appointments available now for booking across the Commonwealth. The COVID-19 booster is safe, effective, and free. Individuals do not need an ID or health insurance to access a booster and do not need to show a vaccine card when getting a booster. Additional information on the COVID-booster, including FAQs, can be found at mass.gov/COVID19booster.

Which booster to get: CDC recommendations allow for mixing and matching of different COVID-19 booster doses for persons 18+ and eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. The Administration recommends that residents with questions about which booster is right for them should ask their health care provider for advice.

How to Get a Booster:

  1. Parents who prefer to have their adolescent vaccinated by their primary care provider should call their provider’s office directly.

  2. Visit the Vaxfinder tool at vaxfinder.mass.gov for a full list of locations to receive a booster. Residents are able to narrow results to search for locations that are offering boosters. Many locations will be booking appointments out weeks in advance.

  3. For individuals who are unable to use Vaxfinder, or have difficulty accessing the internet, the COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Line (Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday 9AM-2PM) by calling 2-1-1 and following the prompts is available for assistance. The COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Line is available in English and Spanish and has translators available in approximately 100 additional languages.


Additional COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster Sites

On December 28, 2021, the Baker Administration announced additional state-sponsored COVID-19 vaccine and booster locations in Boston, Roxbury, Lynn, and Taunton. All sites are currently open. Eligible residents aged 5+ can receive their primary series of COVID-19 vaccinations and residents aged 12+ can receive their booster shots at these locations.

  • Fenway Park: 4 Jersey Street, Boston, MA

  • The Fenway Park vaccine and booster clinic has the capacity to administer 1,300 doses daily. Appointments are available now by visiting vaxfinder.mass.gov with walk-ins also accepted. Language translation services will be available on site.

  • Administering primary series for individuals 5+, as well as boosters.

  • Cataldo Ambulance will serve as the provider.

  • Roxbury: Melnea Cass Recreation Complex, 120 MLK Jr Blvd, Boston, MA

  • The Melnea Cass Recreation Complex vaccine and booster clinic has the capacity to administer 400 doses daily. Appointments are available now by visiting vaxfinder.mass.gov with walk-ins also accepted. Language translation services will be available on site.

  • Administering Pfizer primary series for individuals 5+, as well as Pfizer boosters.

  • Fallon Ambulance will serve as the provider.

  • Roxbury: Whittier Street Health Center, 1290 Tremont Street, Roxbury, MA

  • The Whittier Street Health Center COVID-19 vaccination clinic has the capacity to administer 500 doses daily. Appointments are available now by visiting vaxfinder.mass.gov with walk-ins also accepted. Language translation services will be available on site.

  • Administering primary series for individuals 5+, as well as boosters.

  • Lynn: North Shore Community College, Modular Building at 300 Broad Street, Lynn, MA

  • The North Shore Community College vaccine and booster clinic has the capacity to administer 400 doses daily. Appointments are available now by visiting vaxfinder.mass.gov with walk-ins also accepted. Language translation services will be available on site.

  • Administering primary series for individuals 5+, as well as boosters.

  • Cataldo Ambulance will serve as the provider.

  • Taunton: Taunton COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic, 2005 Bay Street, Taunton, MA

  • The Taunton COVID-19 vaccine and booster clinic has the capacity to administer 400 doses daily. Appointments are available now by visiting vaxfinder.mass.gov. Language translation services will be available on site.

  • Administering primary series for individuals 5+, as well as boosters.

  • Brewster Ambulance will serve as the provider.



Employer Vaccination Program


The Commonwealth’s Employer Vaccination Program offers Massachusetts employers options to easily and conveniently vaccinate their employees.

All detailed information on this program can be found at www.mass.gov/EmployerVaccine. This webpage includes a link to a form that employers should submit to request appointments. There is no financial cost to the employer.

There are two main options for employers:

  • Option 1: Group appointments at mass vaccination sites

  • Option 2: Mobile on-site employer vaccination clinic

Homebound Vaccination Program


The Commonwealth worked with local Boards of Health to develop a statewide program that offers in-home vaccinations, including booster vaccines, for individuals who are unable to get to a vaccine location.

Homebound Vaccination Program Central Intake Line

1-833-983-0485

Monday through Friday

9:00AM to 5:00PM

The Central Intake Line is available in English and Spanish and has translators available to support residents in approximately 100 additional languages.

In-home vaccinations are available for anyone who is unable to get to a vaccine location.

Individuals who register for the homebound vaccination program will be contacted within five business days to schedule an appointment. It may take some time to get an appointment, and the quickest way to get vaccinated remains to schedule an appointment at a vaccination site by visiting VaxFinder.mass.gov.

The Homebound Program is using either the Johnson & Johnson vaccines, a safe and effective vaccine that only requires one visit to an individual’s home, or using the two-dose Moderna or Pfizer vaccines. The program is offering the Pfizer vaccine to individuals 12-17 years old.

Please note, many local Boards of Health are managing their own homebound vaccination programs for their community. The Central Intake Line will help connect any homebound individual from across the Commonwealth with the right resource. will be registered with the State Homebound Vaccine Provider, Commonwealth Care Alliance, or referred to their local Board of Health based on where they live.



CDC Issues New COVID-19 Self-Testing Guidelines


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published a webpage with updated information on when and why to use a COVID-19 self-test. They advise self-testing if you have symptoms or had an exposure to someone with COVID-19 and suggest self-testing immediately before gathering indoors.

CDC Tightens Testing Requirement for International Travelers


On December 2, 2021 the CDC announced that it is revising the current Global Testing Order to shorten the timeline for required testing for all international air travelers to one day before departure to the United States.

Beginning December 6, 2021, all air travelers, regardless of citizenship or vaccination status, will be required to show a negative pre-departure COVID-19 viral test taken the day before they board their flight to the United States. The CDC continues to recommend that all travelers get a viral test 3-5 days after arrival, and that unvaccinated travelers should quarantine for 7 days after arrival.

CDC Updates and Shortens Recommended Isolation and Quarantine Period for General Public


On December 27, 2021, the CDC announced that it is shortening the recommended time for isolation from 10 days for people with COVID-19 to 5 days, if asymptomatic, followed by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others.

Additionally, the CDC is updating the recommended quarantine period for those exposed to COVID-19. For people who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second mRNA dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted, CDC now recommends quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days. Alternatively, if a 5-day quarantine is not feasible, it is imperative that an exposed person wear a well-fitting mask at all times when around others for 10 days after exposure. Individuals who have received their booster shot do not need to quarantine following an exposure, but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure. For all those exposed, best practice would also include a test for SARS-CoV-2 at day 5 after exposure. If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.

Isolation relates to behavior after a confirmed infection. Isolation for 5 days followed by wearing a well-fitting mask will minimize the risk of spreading the virus to others. Quarantine refers to the time following exposure to the virus or close contact with someone known to have COVID-19. Both updates come as the Omicron variant continues to spread throughout the U.S. and reflects the current science on when and for how long a person is maximally infectious.

Please note that many public health, infectious disease doctors and epidemiologists are surprised that the five day shortened quarantine period does not include a verification of a negative test. Many of them believe that the CDC stopped short of that requirement based on concerns regarding the availability and accessibility of rapid tests. While most people will have moved beyond the transmissible contagious stage, not everyone will, which is why the absence of a negative test has caused great concern.



Mask Advisory


On Tuesday, December 21, the Department of Public Health released an updated mask advisory, recommending that all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask or face covering in indoor, public spaces.

DPH particularly urges this recommendation for individuals who have a weakened immune system, or are at increased risk for severe disease because of age or an underlying medical condition, or if someone in their household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated.

All people in Massachusetts (regardless of vaccination status) are required to continue wearing face coverings in certain settings, including transportation and health care facilities. Please see here for a complete list of venues where face coverings have remained mandatory since May 29, 2021.

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s current mask requirement and Policy on Vaccination Rate Threshold issued on September 27th, 2021 is not impacted by this advisory.

Mask Guidance for K-12 Schools


On August 25, 2021, Education Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley announced a mask mandate for all public K-12 students older than age 5, educators, staff, and visitors through October 1 to ensure schools fully reopen safely and to provide time for more students and educators to get vaccinated. After October 1, the commissioner’s policy would allow middle and high schools to lift the mask mandate for vaccinated students and staff only if the school meets a certain vaccination rate – at least 80 percent of students and staff in a school building are vaccinated. Unvaccinated students and staff would still be required to wear masks.

The mask mandate includes exceptions for students who cannot wear a mask due to medical conditions or behavioral needs, and would only apply indoors and to children 5 and older. The guidance strongly recommends that students younger than age 5 wear a mask.

On October 26, 2021, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced its decision to extend the school mask mandate through at least January 15, 2022. The Department will continue to work with medical experts and state health officials to evaluate the mask requirement beyond January 15.

Mask Guidance for Indoor Sports


The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association will follow DESE’s guidance in requiring masks for any activity in which student-athletes and coaches are indoors. Masks will remain optional during outdoor activities. For the fall season, indoor sports include volleyball, cheerleading, swimming, and unified basketball.

On November 23, 2021, the MIAA announced that masks will be required for winter indoor sports, including basketball, hockey, cheerleading, and more. DESE will reassess mask guidance on January 15, 2021.

Mask Guidance for Early Education Centers and Programs


On August 30, 2021, the Board of Early Education and Care approved a mask mandate for teachers, staff, and students at daycare centers and after-school programs beginning September 7th. Children aged 5 and older must wear a face mask indoors, and children aged 2-4 who can safely and appropriately wear, remove, and handle face masks should be strongly encouraged, at family discretion, to wear face masks indoors and must be supervised at all times while wearing a face mask. For a complete list of face mask requirements and exceptions, see the Department of Early Education and Care’s 2021-08 Policy Bulletin.

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