Mass General Brigham is offering first-dose appointments for the COVID-19 vaccines to patients who are eligible under the state’s vaccine distribution plan.
Patients getting a first dose will receive either Pfizer or Moderna. We are primarily offering the Pfizer vaccine at our clinics. We are not able to offer patients a choice as to which first dose vaccine they receive. If you receive Pfizer or Moderna for your first dose, you will receive the same vaccine for your second dose.
Effective April 13th, we have paused administration of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration jointly recommended that administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine be paused out of an abundance of caution, while both entities review data, involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare, severe type of blood clot out of the nearly 7 million people who received the vaccine.
Vaccine availability and scheduling
When can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?
Mass General Brigham is offering first-dose appointments to patients who are eligible under the state’s vaccine distribution plan, based on supply. According to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts vaccination phases, people 16 and older (Phase 1, 2, and 3) are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, effective April 19. Mass General Brigham is following Massachusetts guidelines as closely as possible, based on supply.
If you live in another state, please check your state’s information.
Please note: Massachusetts expects significant limitations on the vaccine supply.
- How will I be contacted about vaccination?
Mass General Brigham has not contacted me about receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Can I get vaccinated at Mass General Brigham?
You can get a vaccine at Mass General Brigham when invited to schedule an appointment. We invite eligible patients to schedule appointments based on our vaccine supply. It may take time before you receive your invitation and are able to schedule your appointment. Please be patient.
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.
You may be able to receive a COVID-19 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.
Where can I get a COVID-19 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.
Vaccines are also 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.
If I have a vaccine appointment scheduled at a Mass General Brigham vaccine clinic, can I bring another person with me to also get vaccinated?
Unfortunately, no. Mass General Brigham vaccine appointments are for scheduled patients only.
We also are not permitted to offer "caregiver" vaccines. Companions or caregivers of those age 75 and older are only eligible to be vaccinated at Massachusetts mass vaccination sites. For more information on the state’s vaccine locations, please visit mass.gov.
I was offered a vaccine appointment with Mass General Brigham. Can I give my appointment to my spouse, partner, or other eligible household member?
No, you cannot transfer appointment invitations to other household members, like a spouse or adult dependent. When eligible, each individual will receive their own invitation to schedule an appointment for vaccination.
I got my first dose at another hospital or a location outside of Mass General Brigham. Can I get my second dose with Mass General Brigham?
No, we do not schedule second-dose appointments unless you have already received your first dose at a Mass General Brigham location. We strongly advise that patients book their second dose at the same location where they received their first dose.
The Pzifer and Moderna vaccine each requires two doses. The Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine requires only one dose.
How can I find out which vaccine I will be receiving at my upcoming vaccination appointment?
Mass General Brigham vaccine supply is provided by the state and federal government. We do not choose which vaccines we get in our distribution. The best vaccine is the one that is available to you on the day of your appointment. Please note that we have paused administration of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine.
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.
FAQs about the vaccines
Videos and other resources
Where can I find more information?
- Benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine
- When vaccine is limited, who gets vaccinated first?
- COVID-19 vaccine in Massachusetts
- People at higher risk for severe illness
- Food and Drug Administration: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine
- Food and Drug Administration: Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
- Understanding mRNA COVID-19 vaccines
- Food and Drug Administration: Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine
- Mass General Brigham COVID-19 website
Video series about getting the vaccine
We are committed to equity in vaccinating all the communities that we serve.
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Getting the first dose of the vaccine
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