Update on Massachusetts' COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan
February 18, 2021
Dear members of the Tufts University community,
Starting today, February 18, anyone identified in phase 2, group 2 of the Commonwealth’s rollout plan is eligible to receive a vaccine against COVID-19. This group includes individuals who are 65 years and older or who have two or more qualifying medical conditions, as well as individuals who are residents or staff of affordable senior housing. Individuals who are 16 and older with two qualifying medical conditions may receive vaccine; however, individuals who are 16-17 years old should only receive the Pfizer vaccine at this time.
The state continues to prioritize regional vaccine sites and pharmacies and has not made additional vaccines available for cities, towns and other locations. At this time, we do not have vaccines available to host an on-campus clinic. Therefore, we encourage members of our community who are eligible and who wish to receive the vaccine to visit the state’s website vaxfinder.mass.gov to find the closest pharmacy or mass vaccination site. Individuals without access to the internet or who are unable to schedule their appointment online can call toll free 2-1-1 or 877-211-6277 for assistance.
Please do not call Tufts Health Service or make inquires to Jumbo Health or Tufts Medical Center to request the vaccine. When Tufts has vaccines available, we will directly contact members of the Tufts community about scheduling their vaccinations as we follow the phased rollout plan defined by the state.
Vaccination against COVID-19 will not prevent you from contracting the virus or from spreading it to others, although it will make it less likely and also can make symptoms less severe. As a result, regardless of vaccination status, the university will require everyone to continue to comply with routine COVID-19 surveillance testing and protocols for physical distancing; face masks; hand hygiene; and contact tracing, quarantine, and isolation.
You can read about the university’s vaccination policies and plans at https://coronavirus.tufts.edu/healthy-at-tufts/covid-19-vaccinations-tufts.
We appreciate your patience as we await our next allotment of vaccine from the state. As soon as we do, we will reach out to let you know about the process for our next phase of vaccine distribution.
Michael R. Jordan, M.D., M.P.H.
University Infection Control Health Director