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Posted on: January 4, 2021

Update on Plans for COVID-19 Vaccinations: Three Phased Approach

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PRESS RELEASE: 01-04-21, the Baker-Polito Administration outlined plans to vaccinate the Commonwealth’s first responders, the next priority group within Phase One of the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan.

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The Town of Shrewsbury is working with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) who determines when vaccines will become available to different segments of the public and how it will be made available to these groups.  This plan, with timelines for arrival of the vaccine can be found on the MDPH website.

The Town does not have the ability to purchase additional vaccines or expedite the process. The phased approach which is being followed across the State has been developed by medical and health professionals at the MA Department of Public Health (MPDH) to best deliver the vaccine in a coordinated effort across the Commonwealth. 

Please be sure to wear a mask whenever outside of your home, wash your hands frequently, avoid gatherings, and continue to take precautions as we continue to battle the COVID-19 virus. 

Vaccine distribution in MA will occur in a phased approach

Updated Phased approach

First responder departments and organizations can visit www.mass.gov/firstrespondervaccine to learn more.

To view the latest updates about the COVID-19 Vaccination Program in Massachusetts, please click HERE.

To view the Weekly COVID-19 Vaccination Report, please click HERE.

To view the Vaccine Distribution Timeline, please click HERE.

When can I get the COVID-19 Vaccination? Please click HERE.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). Please click HERE.

Sign up for COVID-19 and Vaccination Alerts in Massachusetts, by clicking HERE.


Stay Informed:

As information becomes available, the Town will send out notifications via News Flashes, Shrewsbury Media Connection (SMC), the Town's COVID-19 webpage, and on social media.


Other communication resources:

  • Social Media
    • @MassDPH: follow and retweet DPH on Twitter, updated several times per day
    • Subscribe to MassGovernor YouTube page for latest video updates and press releases

  • Get text updates about COVID-19 in Massachusetts sent to your phone by texting COVIDMA to 888-777.

  • Massachusetts 2-1-1: Massachusetts residents are urged to use 2-1-1 for information, resources, and referrals regarding COVID-19. Operators are staffing this hotline 24/7 and translators are available in multiple languages. Residents with questions can dial 2-1-1 from any landline or cellphone or use the live chat option on the Mass 2-1-1 website.

  • TO SIGN UP FOR THE SHREWSBURY HEALTH DEPARTMENT NEWS FLASHES, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

  • Visit www.mass.gov/covid19 for more information.

  • Stop the Spread

  • What you Need to Know about Testing

Baker-Polito Press Release: 01-04-21
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