Who can get a COVID-19 vaccine now?
Anyone 12 and older currently qualifies for the vaccine.
ADDITIONAL DOSES: Immune compromised people who got the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine qualify for an additional dose to complete their vaccination series. This includes people who have:
- Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
- Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
- Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
- Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
- Advanced or untreated HIV infection
- Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response
People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them. All Franklin County vaccine locations are offering these additional doses to qualifying people now. You will be asked to attest to your qualification online when you schedule it (see below for links).
BOOSTERS: No one currently qualifies for a booster shot, but it is expected that many people will by late September. You can see the CDC recommendations on vaccination here.
Schedule a COVID vaccine appointment in Franklin County:
- THIS WEEKEND: Pop-up Clinic with J and J vaccine at Charlemont and Shelburne Transfer Stations on 9/4 from 10-2. All are welcome.
- Visit www.vaxfinder.mass.gov 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.
The Veterans Administration hospital in Leeds is providing vaccinations for all veterans, regardless of patient status. Call 413-584-4040 to schedule an appointment. The VA also offers pop-up clinics throughout Western MA and post on their Facebook page when a new clinic is scheduled. You can hear more about these clinics at the VA’s Hotline 413-582-3110.
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.
Upcoming Pop-Up Vaccination Clinics
- 9/18: Town of Buckland Transfer Station 9-11 AM, J and J vaccine.
- 9/21: COVID Vaccine Clinic at Gill School 9/21, 4pm – 6pm, hosted by state medical professionals. The clinic will provide Pfizer vaccines for those participants ages12 – 18, and J&J vaccine for those over 18. Registration using the links below is recommended; however, walk-ins will be accepted. If student is under 18, they will need a parent/guardian to pre-register them, unless the parent/guardian is present. This clinics is open to staff, students and the community. COVID vaccines are free. Please register by choosing this link:
- Gill Elementary School Clinic: Tuesday, September 21, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
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.