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Posted on: February 1, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Winter Weather Slows COVID-19 Vaccinations

COVID Vaccine

A New England nor'easter is impacting COVID-19 vaccine appointments in the coming days for residents 75+ who are now eligible to get their shots. 

The State's mass vaccination sites at Gillette Stadium and Fenway Park have changed their hours due to the storm to help accommodate as many people as possible. Sites are also contacting individuals with appointments directly to reschedule. 

If you have a COVID-19 vaccine appointment scheduled in the next few days, be sure to check your email. 

New vaccination sites and times continue to be added on a regular basis. Residents can search for locations online using the State's new zip code search, the COVID-19 vaccine location map, the Massachusetts Immunization website, and specific hospital or retail pharmacy websites.

The Wellesley Health Department is not hosting community vaccination clinics at this time due to the limited allotment of vaccine from the State. If clinics are planned in the coming weeks, all eligible residents will be notified.  

The Council on Aging now has more than 30 volunteers available to help residents with online scheduling. Call 781-235-3961, leave your contact information, and a volunteer will call back. 

To help senior residents who would like to schedule their own appointments, the COA has compiled instructions for Using PrepMod to Schedule Your Vaccine. This document explains and illustrates the scheduling process used on the Massachusetts Immunization website. Other vaccination sites may use different scheduling platforms. 

A few important reminders when scheduling your vaccine:

  • Two doses are required to be effective; you must schedule both your first and second vaccination dates. 
  • If you have recently received another vaccination (flu shot, shingles shot, pneumonia shot, etc.), you must wait 14 days before getting a COVID-19 shot/series of shots.
  • There is no cost to be vaccinated; if you do not have insurance, you can still be vaccinated.

Answers to many other questions about the COVID-19 vaccine are regularly updated on the State's Frequently Asked Questions webpages and the Centers for Disease Control webpages. 

If you have specific, unanswered questions about the vaccine, please submit them online and the COA and/or Health Department will try to answer them. 

Thank you for your patience as we continue to work to get everyone vaccinated. 

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