COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Click here to view and download the authorization form for a non-guardian to bring the vaccine patient.
If you live, work, or study in Massachusetts, call 978-946-8409 to schedule an appointment. Details for our new clinic location at 25 Marston Street in Lawrence are below. The clinic at South Lawrence East Elementary School closed on August 14, 2021.
Marston Medical Building
We are accepting walk-in and scheduled patients at 25 Marston Street, Suite 202, in Lawrence, MA. Scheduled appointments are required for a second or third dose of the vaccine. Hours for this location are the following:
- Monday: 8 am - 4:30 pm
- Tuesday: 8 am - 4:30 pm
- Wednesday: 8 am - 4:30 pm
- Thursday: 8 am - 4:30 pm
- Friday: 8 am - 4:30 pm
- Saturday: 8 am - 1 pm
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is approved for individuals age 16 and older by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA also issued Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) to permit the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for people who are 12 years old and older and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for people who are 18 years old and older.
Lawrence General Hospital continues receiving limited quantities of the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
What Can I Tell My Child About the Vaccine?
The CDC recommends vaccination for everyone 12 years and older to help protect against COVID-19. So you may be asking yourself, 'Why does my child need a COVID-19 vaccine?' COVID-19 vaccines help protect kids from getting COVID-19. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine will also help keep them from getting seriously ill even if they do get COVID-19. Click here to view and download this informational flyer to help your child understand what to expect from the vaccine that millions of adults have already received.
Emergency Authorization Use Forms:
Who is currently eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine?
Who is currently eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine?
Massachusetts residents will get the vaccine in phases. Currently, we are in Phase 3. Starting May 13, the general public ages 12 and older is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
What should I bring to my appointment?
Please bring the following to your vaccination appointment in order to be vaccinated:
- Legal Photo ID (if you do not possess any kind of ID, please ask to speak with a manager so and you will be able to be vaccinated).
- Insurance card if you have insurance.
If patient is age 12 - 17
- A Parent/Legal Guardian MUST accompany the patient (or an authorized adult MUST accompany the patient with a signed consent and authorization letter from the legal guardian authorizing that adult to bring the patient (click here for authorization form).
- The parent/guardian must bring photo ID and consent for patient:
- All patients must be at least 12 years of age on vaccination date.
- Please alert check-in staff if a minor is getting vaccinated.
For your vaccination appointment, please be aware:
- Masks are required at all times.
- Do NOT arrive for an appointment if you have any COVID-like symptoms (fever, cough, GI, upset) or were exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
Vaccine Information from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
When can I get the COVID-19 Vaccine?
Learn where you will fit into the state’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution timeline.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the COVID-19 vaccine
Common questions about Massachusetts’s planning and preparation for a COVID-19 vaccine.
Massachusetts COVID-19 Vaccination Program
View the latest updates about COVID-19 vaccine in Massachusetts.
While the COVID-19 vaccine is a positive step in the battle against COVID-19, at the same time, we must continue to take the steps that have proven effective in limiting the spread of COVID-19. This includes masking, social distancing, avoiding group gatherings, hand washing and staying home when ill. We must remain vigilant – to protect ourselves and our must vulnerable community members.
COVID-19 Testing Information
All residents of Massachusetts have access to COVID-19 testing as part of Governor Baker’s Stop the Spread Testing Initiative. Click here to learn more.
COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs
When can I get my vaccine booster shot?
“When can I get a COVID-19 vaccine booster?”
That’s a question many people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are asking. Right now, according the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the only fully vaccinated people eligible for an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine are moderately to severely immunocompromised people. For that specific group, the CDC says they should consider receiving an additional (third) dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) at least 28 days after the completion of the initial 2-dose mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series. A scheduled appointment is required for a second or third dose of the vaccine.
For fully vaccinated people who are not moderately to severely immunocompromised, the CDC has scheduled a two-day meeting in the next week to discuss plans to distribute third shots more broadly, but no decision has been finalized. If the FDA authorizes and the CDC recommends a third ‘booster’ dose, people who were first to receive a COVID-19 vaccination when they became available in early 2021 are likely to be the first people eligible for a booster. This includes healthcare providers, residents of long-term care facilities, and other older adults.
LEARN MORE: The CDC has additional information on boosters at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html
Once available, where can I go to get a COVID-19 vaccine?
Once the vaccine is widely available you can check with your primary care provider. Information will also be available on the Massachusetts DPH website.
Will I have to pay for the vaccine?
The vaccine is being provided free of charge to all individuals by the federal government. Insurance companies are also committed to not charging any out-of-pocket fees or co-payments. Insurance companies will be charged a small administration fee.
When will I receive my second vaccine dose?
Second doses will be scheduled on-site when you arrive for your first dose.
For individuals receiving Pfizer vaccine, their 2nd
dose will be scheduled on 17-21 days after their 1st
dose (with the day of the 1st
dose counted as Day 1) per FDA guidelines.
For individuals receiving MODERNA vaccine, their second dose will be scheduled on 24-28 days after their first dose (with the day of the first dose counted as Day 1), per FDA guidelines.
Per CDC guidelines, the second dose may be pushed out as far as 42 days if individuals are unable to receive the second dose in the recommended timeframe.
Please refer to https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/clinical-considerations.html
for more info.
How is the vaccine administered?
It is an injection into a muscle in your upper arm with 2 doses. For Pfizer, the two doses are given 21 days apart with a grace period of 4 days. For Moderna, the two doses are given one month apart. There is not enough data on safety and efficacy for either vaccine to be taken together.
Are there any side effects from the vaccine?
- Mild side effects: Fever less than 100 degrees, muscle ache, headache.
- Moderate side effects: Fever more than 101 degrees, muscle ache, headache.
- Mild allergy such as itching and redness at the injection site.
If you are experiencing symptoms such as cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, these are not side effects of the vaccine and could be symptoms of COVID-19. Please call your primary care office if you experience any of these symptoms for risk assessment and testing.
Please seek urgent medical care for moderate to severe allergy after injection; symptoms include wheezing, facial swelling, throat closing, trouble breathing, chest pain/palpitations, or dizziness.
What if I have a respiratory condition like asthma?
Yes, individuals with chronic illness were part of the clinical trials and the vaccine was recommended.
Can I take the vaccine if I have an immunocompromising condition, pregnant, or breastfeeding?
Yes, if you have no other contraindications to vaccine. However, there is no data on safety and efficacy. You may want to discuss with your medical provider.
Can I take the vaccine if I have diabetes or a heart condition(s)?
Yes, people with chronic illness were part of the clinical trials and the vaccine was recommended.
Will the vaccine cure the COVID-19 virus?
No, the vaccine may prevent you from getting the virus, but neither will actually cure the virus. You should wear your mask, practice social distancing, and continue active hand washing after receiving the vaccine.
How long will the vaccine protect me from COVID-19?
We don’t know how long the immunity lasts at this time.
Can I go to my primary care doctor to get the vaccine?
In most cases, not yet. Please contact your primary care doctor's office to find out.
Will the vaccine make you infertile?
Will either vaccine permanently change your DNA?
Does the vaccine have a 5G Chip?
No, this is false information.