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Posted on: January 14, 2021

[ARCHIVED] COVID-19 Vaccine: Current Phase Information


The vaccines to provide some protection to COVID-19 are coming, but not fast enough for any of us. The Town of Amherst will be an active player in distributing the vaccine. We understand there is eagerness among all populations, and especially seniors, to access the vaccine as soon as they are eligible.  

We wanted to lay out the information we have at this time. We note that the information changes frequently and we will update the Town’s website as new information emerges. 

First, the Town is subject to, and aligned with, the State Department of Public Health’s statewide plan for vaccination. 

Second, the state is currently in Phase One of administration of the vaccine, to first responders only. 

Third, Seniors are eligible for the vaccine in Phase Two. At this time, we have not yet been provided the details from the state as to the precise dates and location for senior vaccinations. We anticipate that the vaccine may be available in the coming weeks. When we know those details, we will broadly communicate the information through the Town, the Senior Center, and other communication channels. 

In the meantime, there is still a lot you can do to prepare and take care of yourself.  

Stay up to date  

  • Visit the State's website "When Can I Get the COVID-19 Vaccine" site for up- to- date information on eligibility. It is updated twice weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 
  • If you are a senior, share your contact information with the Amherst Senior Center so that when vaccination details are available, they can reach out to you. Call 413-259-3038 and leave your name, phone number and address.  
  • Check where next steps will be posted as soon as they become available

Keep practicing good hygiene by wearing your mask, avoiding large gatherings & keeping social distance. 

Get tested regularly for free at UMass Amherst. It’s quick, easy, and provides peace of mind. Sign up for an appointment at

When can I get the COVID-19 Vaccine?
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