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Council on Aging Department

Posted on: January 19, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination Information as of January 19, 2021



First and foremost, we’d like to acknowledge all of the anxiety, stress, and fear that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused. We realize how difficult this has been and continues to be for you. Please be assured that the Town of Shrewsbury will be pushing out information as it becomes available. At the end of this communication, please see the various methods in which the Town disseminates information.

The Town of Shrewsbury is working with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) who determines when vaccines will become available to different segments of the public and how it will be made available to these groups.  This plan, with timelines for arrival of the vaccine can be found on the MDPH website at:

The Town does not have the ability to purchase additional vaccines or expedite the process. The phased approach which is being followed across the State has been developed by medical and health professionals at the MA Department of Public Health (MPDH) to best deliver the vaccine in a coordinated effort across the Commonwealth. 

Please be sure to wear a mask whenever outside of your home, wash your hands frequently, avoid gatherings, and continue to take precautions as we continue to battle the COVID-19 virus.


Vaccine distribution in MA will occur in a phased approach

The timeline reflects several priorities: protecting our most vulnerable, maintaining health care system capacity, and addressing inequities in health care access and COVID-19 burden. 

Phase 2:  (February-April 2021)

Listed in order of priority:

  • Individuals with 2+ comorbidities (high risk for COVID-19 complications), individuals age 75+, and residents and staff of public and private low income and affordable senior housing
  • Other workers, including:
    • Early education, K-12, transit, grocery, utility, food and agriculture, restaurant and cafe workers;
    • Employees across the food, beverages, agriculture, consumer goods, retail, and foodservice sectors;
    • Meatpackers;
    • Sanitation, public works and public health workers;
    • Vaccine development workers;
    • Food pantry workers and volunteers;
    • Transit/transportation: Uber/Lyft/ride share services/pharmacy delivery drivers, workers in the passenger ground transportation industry (e.g. paratransit for people with Disabilities, food delivery, non-urgent medical transport), Massport workers other than police;
    • Convenience store workers (under grocery workers);
    • Water and wastewater utility staff
    • Court system workers (judges, prosecutors, defense attorney, clerks), other than court officers who are listed under first responders
    • Medical supply chain workers
    • Funeral directors and funeral workers
  • Shipping port and terminal workers
  • Adults 65+
  • Individuals with one co-morbid condition

 Phase 2 Vaccination Settings:

  • Individuals will get vaccinated either by their employer, primary care physician, pharmacy or public clinic.
  • Treating clinicians/health systems, health insurers (including MassHealth), and patient advocacy groups will reach out to individuals with co-morbidities to encourage them to receive COVID-19 vaccination. Individuals in the various worker groups will likely be reached via their employers and unions.
  • The Department of Public Health does not maintain a central sign-up or scheduling system for the vaccine.

List of Comorbidities

Adults of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19. Severe illness from COVID-19 is defined as hospitalization, admission to the ICU, intubation or mechanical ventilation, or death.

Adults of any age with the following conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19:

COVID-19 is a new disease. Currently there are limited data and information about the impact of many underlying medical conditions on the risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Based on what we know at this time, adults of any age with the following conditions might be at an increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19:


For more information please visit the following websites:




MDPH is actively clarifying where each group resides on the state’s COVID-19 vaccination prioritization list.   Please submit any questions or concerns to and they will periodically update this page with more information.

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