Vaccine Information for Franklin County

Who can get a COVID-19 vaccine now?

CHILDREN 5-11 are now eligible for vaccines

  • School Nurses are working with Mass DPH to host clinics for children and community members at local schools! For more information, visit each school’s flyer at  https://frcog.org/school-vax-bus-covid-vaccine-clinics/
  • All local family practices and pediatricians are offering vaccines for their patients. Call your provider to schedule an appointment.
  • Local pharmacies may soon be offering the vaccines – we will update this page when they do.

BOOSTERS: There are different booster rules for different vaccines:

  • As of 11/18, Governor Baker announced that all MA residents over 18 who got their last dose over six months ago (or two months if J and J) are eligible for a booster shot.

What are “mix and match” boosters?

“Mix and match” means getting a booster shot from a different company than the initial vaccine. In other words, people who were vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson can now get a Moderna or Pfizer booster, people who were vaccinated with Pfizer can get a Moderna or J&J booster, and people who were vaccinated with Moderna can get a Pfizer or J&J booster – if they wish. People can still get boosters from the same company as their initial vaccination, as long as the booster from that company is available.

Want more info?

  • Read or listen to this 3-minute NPR story (10/20/2021), which explains more about the new FDA decision on boosters.
  • There is also info here on the FDA website with the latest updates.
  • You can see the state guidance here.
  • You can see the CDC recommendations on vaccination here.

Schedule a COVID vaccine appointment in Franklin County:

  • Visit the state VaxFinder site to see where you can get which kinds of vaccine today!
  • View a flyer with Franklin County Covid-19 vaccine locations listed below here.
  • Vaccines are now available at these local pharmacies:
  • COVID vaccines are available to patients at nearly all primary care practices.

Hospitals

The Veterans Administration hospital in Leeds is providing vaccinations for all veterans, regardless of patient status. Call 413-584-4040 to schedule an appointment.

Baystate Franklin Medical Center has a Baystate Health Mobile Van that comes to the hospital once a month.

How to Schedule a Pop-up Vaccination Clinic at workplaces or events

  • Click here to request a Baystate Health mobile clinic at your event/location.
  • Click here to request a Walgreens clinic at your event/location.
  • Click here to schedule a CVS clinic onsite — minimum 30 people.
  • Click here to schedule a state mobile clinic.

Upcoming Pop-Up Vaccination Clinics

  • TBD

Homebound Vaccination

Is it very hard for you to get to a vaccination appointment? Someone can come to you to administer a vaccine. Call the State Homebound Vaccination Program phone number 833-983-0485

Vaccine Safety Information

Vaccines are safe and are one of the best ways to protect yourself and those around you from getting sick from COVID-19. The vaccine doesn’t contain the virus that causes COVID-19, so it can’t make you sick. You may experience mild side effects after getting the vaccine, but this is a sign that your body is learning how to protect you. The COVID-19 vaccine was developed quickly but all of the

same safety steps were followed for this vaccine that are used for all vaccines.

Massachusetts has launched a campaign to raise awareness about the safety of the vaccine. Learn more at Trust the Facts. Get the Vax.

Learn more about vaccine safety monitoring systems here.

 

Accessing Your Vaccination Record

Need a copy of your vaccination? Your primary care provider can access your vaccination record through the MA Immunization Information System.