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COVID-19 Vaccine

Get vaccination facts and updates from Harbor Health

Many people have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. It’s OK to have questions! Your care team at Harbor Health will share facts about the vaccine to help you learn more.

We will update this page with information about when and where our patients may get the vaccine. Please check back!  You can also sign up to receive COVID-19 vaccine email updates by clicking the button below.

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When can I get the coronavirus vaccine?

Harbor Health is following Massachusetts’ COVID-19 vaccination plan.  The state’s plan is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Massachusetts COVID Advisory Group.

Right now, Harbor is providing the vaccine to our providers and members of our care teams who work with patients and the community, following the state’s plan.  We are also doing everything we can to prepare for when we are able to begin giving patients the vaccine. We will let you know when and and where you will be able to get the vaccine as soon as we have more information.

The state is currently in PHASE 1 of the Massachusetts vaccination plan. To learn more about the plan and when YOU may get the vaccine, click here.


We will update our patients and the community when have more information about when the next phase will begin. You can check this web page or click here to sign up for email updates from us.

Who is getting vaccinated in Phase 1?

In Phase 1, high-risk healthcare workers and first responders are some of the first groups getting the COVID-19 vaccine in Massachusetts.  Right now, Harbor is providing the vaccine to our providers and care team members who work with patients and the community, following state guidelines.  Many of our staff have already received their first dose.

Just like you, they had questions about the vaccine. Once they learned more facts, they decided they wanted to get it to protect their family and the people around them. You can ask them about how they felt after they got the shot at your next appointment.

When will a COVID-19 vaccine be available to other groups?

The goal is for everyone to be able to easily get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as larger quantities are available. The supply will increase over the coming weeks and months.  Your overall health and your job will help determine in which phase you will be able to get the vaccine.

You can click here to read the latest vaccine updates from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

To protect yourself and your family from coronavirus right now, please wear a mask, wash your hands, and get tested for COVID-19.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?

The safety of all COVID-19 vaccines is very important to everyone. The U.S. vaccine safety system ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible. To learn more about the safety steps in place, click here to read information from the CDC.

Should I get vaccinated for COVID-19?

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family. 

Vaccines protect us from disease by teaching our immune system to recognize and fight the disease faster and better. You cannot get the disease from a vaccine.  But without a vaccine, you may get the disease.

The goal is for all adults to be able to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Getting the shot helps stop the spread of coronavirus.  It may also be especially important for people because of their job or a health condition they have.

Getting the facts about the COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to get answers to your questions.

The CDC’s “Facts About COVID-19 Vaccines” has fact-based information about common questions people have about the vaccine.  You can select your preferred language at the top of the page.

Where will I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Vaccines will be available at many locations, including Harbor Health’s community health centers.

How much will the COVID-19 vaccine cost?

You will not be charged for a federally funded COVID-19 vaccine. Some providers may charge an administration fees for giving the shot.  Vaccination providers can get this fee covered by the patient’s public or private insurance company or other programs for patients without insurance.

How can I learn more about the vaccine?

You can ask your provider questions at your next appointment or click on the links to read information or watch the videos below.


8 Things to Know about the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program – CDC

Facts About COVID-19 Vaccines – CDC

COVID-19 Vaccine in Massachusetts – Massachusetts Department of Public Health

COVID-19 Vaccine – Boston Medical Center


COVID-19 Fact Sheet – CDC, English

Información sobre las vacunas contra el COVID-19 – CDC


How Do mRNA Vaccines Work? 

Simply Explained

Promega Corporation

Dr. Paul Offit, The Vaccine Education Center