COVID-19 Vaccine Information and Resources

Trust the Facts. Get the Vax!

Massachusetts has now fully vaccinated more than 5 million people. According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, as of January 11, 5,132,780 people in Massachusetts have been fully vaccinated.  

COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for everyone aged 5 years and older for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Children ages 5-17 can get the Pfizer vaccine. Adults ages 18+ can get any vaccine.

  • A primary series is available for anyone ages 5 and older who lives, works, or studies in Massachusetts. Health care providers can vaccinate their patients regardless of their place of residency.
  • An additional (third) mRNA primary series dose for people ages 5 and older who are moderately to severely immunocompromised, at least 28 days after the completion of the second mRNA COVID-19 vaccine dose.           
  • A booster dose for everyone ages 12 years and older 
  • At least 5 months after completion of an mRNA vaccine primary series.

(includes those who received two doses of different mRNA vaccine products, and those immunocompromised persons who received an additional primary series dose) 

  • At least 2 months after completion of a Janssen/J&J primary dose.

COVID-19 Vaccine

Here are helpful steps on how to get your vaccine. Additionally, use the VaxFinder webpage to find an appointment. Or try the Vaccine Chat. This chat feature aims to provide a space to ask questions about vaccine safety, eligibility, or appointments. The new automated Vaccine Chat probably will have an answer. Just type in what you are curious about and it will direct you to where you can find more information. Try it out for yourself on any vaccine-related page on

Remember, even after you are fully vaccinated, we must continue to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. Wear a mask, wash you hands, and keep your distance.

Take a moment to read about some local Vaccine information:

COVID-19 Community Vaccine Locations 

Important Vaccine Info


Need-to-know details about the COVID-19 Vaccine

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About the COVID-19 Pfizer Vaccine

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About the COVID-19 Moderna Vaccine

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What is the Massachusetts travel advisory?

Regarding travel, those families and HPS staff who plan to travel should work with the building nurse to plan ahead for return to the district.  Travel information can be found here and reach out to your school’s nurse for more information.

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How Long does it Take for the COVID Vaccine to Take Effect? AND What Safety Protocols should a Vaccinated Person still Follow to Prevent the Spread of COVID?

Individuals who have had one COVID vaccination of the two-part series are not fully protected from getting the virus. An individual is not considered fully vaccinated until 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.  The CDC reports that the two-dose COVID-19 vaccine regimen prevented 90 percent of coronavirus infections two weeks after the second dose, which is when you are considered fully vaccinated.  The one-dose Johnson and Johnson COVID-vaccine was said to be 66.3% effective after two weeks.  Importantly, even if you do get infected after your vaccination, your case is likely to be asymptomatic or mild, like a common cold.  Each of these three COVID vaccinations are nearly 100% effective in preventing hospitalization and death from COVID-19.

The COVID vaccine isn’t 100% effective and at this time it is thought that a person can still spread the virus after being vaccinated. Individuals should continue to follow recommendations provided by public health officials concerning the COVID-19 virus and use prevention strategies.  Even if an individual has received both vaccination shots, it is still very important to wear a face-covering in public, adults should maintain 6 feet of physical distancing away from others (children three feet or more while universally masked at school), practice good hand hygiene, and avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces in public places until we know more.

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What can we do to Stop-the-Spread?


It’s important for each of us to do our part to combat this virus.

  1. Check your own and your families’ symptoms daily using this convenient daily screening tool and remain home if you have symptoms.
  2. When awaiting COVID testing results, remain home until you know the outcome of your testing.  Do not attend work or school at this time. 
  3. Wear a Face-covering or Mask properly whenever outside of your household
  4. Stay at least 6 feet apart from others who do not live with you.
  5. Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces. 
  6. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use 60% or greater alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  7.  Get vaccinated when it’s available to you. 


These actions can help protect you, those you care about, and the greater community.  It’s going to take the consistent efforts of everyone to stop the spread of the coronavirus.  

COVID-19 Daily Screening Tool for Staff and Students

HPS has created a tool to be used by staff and students each morning to identify signs and symptoms that may be related to  COVID-19.  These symptom guidelines incorporate recommendations from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  In considering symptoms, exposure, and travel, this tool provides guidance as to when in-person learners and staff should stay home and when they should go to school. It also provides a guideline for remote learners in terms of when they should contact their school nurse with symptoms or COVID-19 positive results.

Download and print the Daily COVID-19 Screening Tool (PDF).

COVID-19 Vaccine Informational Videos

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