COVID-19 Vaccination Eligibility
The COVID-19 vaccine became eligible to individuals ages 12+. “People age 12 and older who live, work, or study in Massachusetts can get vaccinated against COVID-19. People ages 12-17 can only get the Pfizer vaccine. People age 18 and older can get any vaccine. The vaccine is safe and effective. You don’t need an ID or insurance to get it”. See more on vaccine eligibility.
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 Mass.gov.
And 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.
Looking for a COVID-19 Vaccine in Holyoke?
If you don’t have a COVID-vaccine appointment with Holyoke Health Center, but want one, you can check www.HolyokeVax.com for openings. Massachusetts COVID vaccination appointment information can be found here. Also, there is a weekly COVID vaccination clinic at the Senior Center and is open to those who live and/or work in Holyoke. Contact the Holyoke Senior Center at 413-322-5625 to book an appointment. You do not need to be a Senior to book an appointment.
Important Vaccine Info
What is the Massachusetts travel advisory?
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?
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.
Other Vaccine Resources
What can we do to Stop-the-Spread?
It’s important for each of us to do our part to combat this virus.
- Check your own and your families’ symptoms daily using this convenient daily screening tool and remain home if you have symptoms.
- When awaiting COVID testing results, remain home until you know the outcome of your testing. Do not attend work or school at this time.
- Wear a Face-covering or Mask properly whenever outside of your household
- Stay at least 6 feet apart from others who do not live with you.
- Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use 60% or greater alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- 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.