Here’s who’s eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Massachusetts — and who’s next

The state is currently midway into Phase 2 of the three-phase rollout.

Massachusetts coronavirus vaccine rollout phase status

Massachusetts is hoping to vaccinate more than 4 million residents. But with a limited national supply of doses, the state can’t allow everyone to sign up at once.

Officials are prioritizing individuals with the highest exposure to the coronavirus and risk of severe illness or death due to COVID-19, before gradually expanding the three-phase rollout to wider populations.

Here’s who’s currently eligible to book an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine in Massachusetts — and who’s next up in the rollout:

Phase 1 — Beginning in December

Phase 2 — Beginning in February

Not yet eligible:

  • Group 3: Other workers, including:

    • Early education/daycare, K-12, transit, grocery, utility, food and agriculture, restaurant and cafe workers;
    • Employees across the food, beverages, agriculture, consumer goods, retail, and foodservice sectors;
    • Meatpackers;
    • Sanitation, public works and public health workers;
    • Vaccine development workers;
    • Food pantry workers and volunteers;
    • Transit/transportation: Uber/Lyft/ride share services/pharmacy delivery drivers, airline workers, workers in the passenger ground transportation industry (e.g. paratransit for people with disabilities, food delivery, non-urgent medical transport), Massport workers other than police;
    • Convenience store workers (under grocery workers);
    • Water and wastewater utility staff
    • Court system workers (judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, clerks), other than court officers who are listed under first responders
    • Medical supply chain workers
      • Workers at manufacturers (including biotechnology companies and those companies that have shifted production to medical supplies), materials and parts suppliers, technicians, logistics and warehouse operators, printers, packagers, distributors of medical products and equipment (including third party logistics providers, and those who test and repair), personal protective equipment (PPE), isolation barriers, medical gases, pharmaceuticals (including materials used in radioactive drugs), dietary supplements, commercial health products, blood and blood products, vaccines, testing materials, laboratory supplies, cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting or sterilization supplies (including dispensers), sanitary goods, personal care products, pest control products, and tissue and paper towel products.
    • Funeral directors and funeral workers
    • Shipping port and terminal workers
  • Group 4: Individuals with one qualifying medical condition

Phase 3 — Beginning in April

The vaccine is expected to be available to the general public in Phase 3, which means anyone not included in Phase 1 or Phase 2, including:

  • Higher education workers, including administrators, teaching and non-teaching staff;
  • Bottled beverage industry workers;
  • Veterinarians

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