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Published on December 22, 2020

When will I receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

Vaccine Phases

The state of Massachusetts has developed a clear plan for rollout of the new COVID-19 vaccine – designed to ensure safe operation of healthcare systems first, as well those most at risk, including residents of long-term care facilities and police and fire first-responders.

The state’s Department of Health website has all of the information on who will receive the vaccine and when clearly delineated, including this graphic which outlines the three phases of rollout:

Vaccine Phases Detailed

The first phase of the plan began earlier this month and will continue until mid-February. Phase Two will begin in mid-February and go until mid-April and includes early education and K-12 educators, employees in professions deemed to be essential, adults 65 and older and those with one comorbidity.

The vaccine will be available to members of the general public who do not fall into the first two categories beginning in April.

Administration of the vaccine is determined by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and healthcare systems are required to follow the guidance laid out by the state. 

“We’re following a very strict plan for vaccine distribution that was carefully laid out by Massachusetts, and it makes a great deal of sense,” said Kevin Mulroy, DO, chief quality officer for Cape Cod Healthcare, which operates Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital. “Phase One is your healthcare workers and those who are necessary to keep the healthcare system running.”

Cape Cod Healthcare (CCHC) received 2,925 doses of the Pfizer vaccine earlier this month and immediately began immunizing staff and physicians who directly care for patients with COVID-19.