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Atrius Health COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Pfizer Vaccine Now Available for Children 12-15 Years Old

On Monday, May 10, 2021, the US Food and Drug Administration expanded the use authorization for Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to include people ages 12 to 15. On Wednesday, May 12, 2021, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) supported the use of the Pfizer vaccine in people aged 12-15 years old based on the safety and efficacy data in that age group. We are now booking appointments for this age group and all other eligible groups at our practice.

Appointments Available for Pfizer and Moderna Vaccine

We are now offering both Pfizer and Moderna vaccine by appointment at certain Atrius Health COVID-19 vaccination locations. Both Pfizer and Moderna are two-dose vaccinations.

  • Pfizer vaccine (for 12 years and older) is currently available at our Chelmsford and Quincy locations. 
  • Moderna vaccine (for 18 years and older) is currently available at our Needham and Plymouth locations.

If you are an Atrius Health patient and have a MyHealth account, you can log in to book an appointment online.

Patients without internet access can call 781-431-5377 (Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm) to book an appointment. 

Please note consent from a parent or guardian is required for all patients ages 12 to 17 years old to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Consent can be provided when scheduling online through MyHealth or you can download this consent waiver and bring the completed form to the appointment. 

For 16 and 17 year olds, consent can also be given verbally by phone during their appointment and they do not need an adult to accompany them to the appointment. 

An adult must accompany all children who are 12-15 years old to their appointment.

COVID-19 Homebound Vaccination Program

The state has launched an in-home vaccination program for homebound people who are not able to leave their home to get to a vaccination site, even with assistance. If you or your loved one is eligible for an in-home vaccination, you can call the Homebound Vaccination Central Intake Line at (833) 983-0485. You will be able to speak with a representative who will ask questions to determine if an in-home vaccination is appropriate. If in-home vaccination is appropriate, you will be registered with the State Homebound Vaccine Provider or referred to your local Board of Health to schedule an appointment.

Benefits of Vaccination

Atrius Health strongly recommends you get the COVID-19 vaccine at any location when it is available to you. The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and one of the best ways to protect yourself and those around you from getting sick from COVID-19. Vaccination helps end the pandemic and enables each of us to start doing some things we enjoy.

If you've been fully vaccinated:

  • You can gather indoors with other fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
  • You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.
    • However, if you live in a group setting (like a correctional or detention facility or group home) and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still stay away from others for 14 days and get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms.
    • If you are a healthcare worker, you should contact your organization’s Employee Health department for specific testing or quarantine recommendations. 
  • The Massachusetts Travel Advisory states that visitors entering Massachusetts for more than 24 hours are advised to quarantine for 10 days upon their arrival or produce a negative test result. However, there is an exemption to this travel advisory for people who are fully vaccinated (i.e., who have received two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines OR who have received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, at least 14 days ago) and who do not have symptoms.

Even after you are fully vaccinated, you should still take steps to protect yourself and others in many public situations.  This includes continuing to wear a mask in indoor public places and when attending events and gatherings in public locations.  Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask outdoors, except in certain crowded settings and venues when unable to maintain 6 feet of distance and avoid close contact with others.