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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. 

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

The state is currently in Phase Two, Step 1 of administration of the vaccine in addition to eligible groups within Phase One. On February 1st, Phase 2 eligibility opened for those aged 75 and over. 

Caregiver Eligibility: On February 11th, the Town expanded eligibility to caregivers of those aged 75+. We will allow one caregiver to join a 75-plus resident and also schedule their own appointment for a vaccine at the same time. Any caregiver is eligible to receive the vaccine at the same time as the 75 and older resident, provided they have made their own appointment. Caregivers will be required to self-attest through a form that they are accompanying a 75-plus resident who could not otherwise get to or navigate the vaccination site. When registering the caregiver should select the "Home-based healthcare worker" priority group from the drop-down list. 

Vaccination clinics are not scheduled until vaccine is received from the State.  Due to limited state vaccine supply allocated from the Federal Government clinic scheduling is limited at this time. When we know the details of planned clinics, we will broadly communicate the information through the Town, the Senior Center, and other communication channels. 

  • Registration links, dates and times will be posted when available on our vaccine page,
  • All eligible individuals must schedule an appointment in advance for the vaccine clinic at once times have been posted. 
  • The vaccination clinic will serve eligible Eastern Hampshire County residents, primarily the communities of Amherst, Belchertown, Granby, Hadley, Hatfield, Pelham, South Hadley, and Ware. 

Vaccine also may be available from other clinics within the State, we encourage you to review the Interactive Map for Massachusetts Vaccine sites here.

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

Stay up to date  

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

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