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First and foremost, we’d like to acknowledge all of the anxiety, stress, and fear that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused. We realize how difficult this has been and continues to be for you. Please be assured that the Town of Shrewsbury will be pushing out information as it becomes available. At the end of this communication, please see the various methods in which the Town disseminates information.
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 at: https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine-in-massachusetts
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
The timeline reflects several priorities: protecting our most vulnerable, maintaining health care system capacity, and addressing inequities in health care access and COVID-19 burden.
Adults of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19. Severe illness from COVID-19 is defined as hospitalization, admission to the ICU, intubation or mechanical ventilation, or death.
Adults of any age with the following conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19:
COVID-19 is a new disease. Currently there are limited data and information about the impact of many underlying medical conditions on the risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Based on what we know at this time, adults of any age with the following conditions might be at an increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19:
For more information please visit the following websites:
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MDPH is actively clarifying where each group resides on the state’s COVID-19 vaccination prioritization list. Please submit any questions or concerns to COVID-19-Vaccine-Plan-MA@mass.gov and they will periodically update this page with more information.