Important notice posted 3/4/21:
 

Mass General Brigham is offering limited new appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine to patients who are eligible under the current phase of the state’s vaccine distribution plan. Due to continued vaccine supply constraints, Massachusetts has been working to continue to streamline COVID-19 vaccine distribution and to align hospital and health system needs to support the state’s rollout.

 

We contact eligible patients through Patient Gateway, email, or text message to schedule vaccine appointments. We are scheduling all vaccine appointments through a central scheduling center. Please do not contact your doctor's office about vaccine appointments.

 

Based on supply, we invite eligible patients to schedule appointments, using a fair, random process. It may take time before you receive your invitation and are able to schedule your appointment. Please be patient. We are working closely with state officials to ensure that we receive a steady supply of vaccine to schedule appointments every week.

Vaccine availability

  • When can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

    According to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts vaccination phases, people in Phase 1 and 2 are eligible to receive the vaccine. As of February 18, the following groups are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine:

    • people 65 and older
    • residents and staff of affordable senior housing 
    • people 16 and older if they have two or more certain medical conditions, including moderate or severe asthma; cancer; chronic kidney disease; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; heart conditions; and type 2 diabetes

    Please note: The state expects significant limitations on the vaccine supply. 

    If you live in another state, please check your state’s information.

  • Where can I get the vaccine?

    Mass General Brigham has opened up dedicated vaccination clinics that are easily accessible for our Mass General Brigham patients. We are committed to ensuring that our patients who live in the communities hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic have access to the vaccine. We will continue to run vaccine clinics in many of these communities. These clinics are for our eligible patients who have a scheduled appointment. No walk ins are permitted. All scheduling is being handled centrally at Mass General Brigham. Please do not contact your doctor’s office about scheduling vaccine appointments.

    We will let eligible patients know what clinics are available and how to schedule an appointment. You can choose the one that is closest and most convenient for you.

    View our COVID-19 vaccination centers

    Vaccines are available through city and town clinics, local pharmacies, and state vaccination sites for eligible patients, according to guidance from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Visit the Mass.gov website for locations or dial 2-1-1. 

    We will continue to provide updated information to you about all of your vaccination options through Patient Gateway and on our website.

  • Mass General Brigham has not contacted me about receiving the vaccine. Can I get the vaccine at Mass General Brigham?

    Based on supply, we invite eligible patients to schedule appointments, using a fair, random process. It may take time before you receive your invitation and are able to schedule your appointment. Please be patient. We are working closely with state officials to ensure that we receive a steady supply of vaccine to schedule appointments every week.   

    If you do not currently have a scheduled vaccine appointment at Mass General Brigham, please do not contact your doctor’s office about scheduling. We are scheduling all vaccine appointments through a central scheduling center.

    We contact groups of eligible patients through Patient Gateway, email, text message, or phone call.  

    You may be able to receive the vaccine sooner at a state vaccination location, local town clinic, or pharmacy. To learn more about these clinics and to find more information, visit the Mass.gov website or dial 2-1-1.

  • I already have a vaccine appointment scheduled at a Mass General Brigham vaccine clinic. Can I get both doses of the vaccine from Mass General Brigham?

    Yes, if you already have a scheduled appointment for a first or second dose at a Mass General Brigham vaccine clinic location, we will continue to administer the vaccine to complete your vaccination.

    These clinics are for our eligible who have a scheduled appointment. No walk ins are permitted. All scheduling is handled centrally at Mass General Brigham. Please do not contact your doctor’s office about scheduling vaccine appointments. (Learn more about what to expect from vaccination.)

  • If I already had a vaccine appointment scheduled at a Mass General Brigham vaccine clinic, can I bring a “companion” with me to also get vaccinated?

    No, we are not permitted to offer "caregiver" vaccines for people bringing eligible patients to their appointments.

    Companions or caregivers of those age 75 and older are only eligible to be vaccinated at Massachusetts’ mass vaccination sites. Currently those sites include:

    • Gillette Stadium in Foxboro
    • Fenway Park in Boston
    • The Eastfield Mall in Springfield
    • The Doubletree Hotel in Danvers

    For more information on the state’s vaccine locations, please visit mass.gov.

What to expect from a COVID-19 vaccine appointment

Read frequently asked questions about what to expect when getting the COVID-19 vaccine, including information about potential side effects.

Frequently Asked Questions about what to expect from vaccination

FAQs about the vaccine

Get up-to-date vaccine information

Vaccine emails from Patient Gateway

Patient Gateway

Patient Gateway is a convenient, secure way to manage your health and communicate with your doctor's office. We are sending regular updates about the COVID-19 vaccine to all enrolled in Patient Gateway.

What is Patient Gateway

Get text messages about the COVID-19 vaccine

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Sign up for text alerts about the COVID-19 vaccine from Mass General Brigham. We want to keep you informed and safe. Texts are available in six languages.

Read more about receiving texts about the vaccine

Videos and other resources

Where can I find more information?

Video series about getting the vaccine

Ensuring equity

We are committed to equity in vaccinating all the communities that we serve.

Vice President and Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer at Massachusetts General Hospital, Joseph Betancourt, M.D., and Vice President of Community Health and Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Wanda McClain, discuss how the health system is building trust for the COVID-19 vaccine.

How do we know the COVID-19 vaccine is safe?

Mass General Brigham 's Paul Biddinger, M.D., Medical Director, Emergency Preparedness, ensures the safety of the COVID-19 vaccination despite the quick production.

Getting the first dose of the vaccine

Joseph Betancourt, M.D., MPH, Senior Vice President for Equity and Community Health at Massachusetts General Hospital, takes viewers step-by-step as he receives first dose of his COVID-19 vaccine.

View more videos from Mass General Brigham

Updated 2/26/21