Updated Tuesday 3/2/21 10 AM

The vaccination appointments released yesterday morning were booked within an hour or two. We are now booked through next Monday the 8th. Unless we receive news from the state of an additional allotment this week, we probably will not be able to release additional appointments until at least this Friday (the 5th) afternoon.

Vaccine supplies are limited but, as you may know from following the news, things change almost daily. We will continue to update this site with information as it becomes available.

The state vaccine allocation timeline has been this: On Tuesdays they ask us how many we need for the following week.  On Friday, usually in the afternoon, they email us about how many we can expect with delivery anticipated the following Tuesday.  Mondays we get a shipping notification that increases our confidence that we will receive whatever amount had been promised the following day (Tuesday).

This past Friday (2/26) afternoon we learned that we were being shipped 100 fewer vaccines this week than we had requested- 300 instead of 400. We have staffing capacity to administer 400 vaccines a week and could fairly easily increase that to 500, but we can only provide 300 doses as a result of the limited allocation from the state.

The appointment booking platform we use, Verto, was updated last night to make some minor improvements to the booking process.

NOTE:  If you have already submitted the eligibility form, you do not need to fill it out again.  You can bypass the eligibility form and access the appointment booking directly by clicking on a link in the email that was generated when you hit the “submit” button on the eligibility form.  Search your email inbox for email sender rvelez and look in spam/junk folders if you do not see it in your inbox.

SSTAR’s COVID Vaccine Clinic operates Monday through Friday 8:30 to 4:30. Our clinic offers the Moderna vaccine that requires two doses, 28 days apart. First dose appointments can be booked up to 7 days in advance. Second dose appointments will be provided to you by the nurse when you are administered your first dose.

 Eligibility Criteria

SSTAR follows the MA state eligibility guidelines but, within those categories, we prioritize our own patients and local residents.

Our vaccine clinic is now open to:

  1. SSTAR patients who meet the state eligibility requirements.
  2. People who are not patients of SSTAR but who are in one of the current state priority groups AND are residents of:
    • Fall River
    • Somerset
    • Swansea
    • Westport

 State Priority Groups

In addition to the previously designated priority groups, individuals 65 and older are now eligible as are adults of any age with two or more of these conditions:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Down Syndrome
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant.
  • Obesity or severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher)
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Smoking
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Moderate to severe asthma

Booking Process  

You must provide

  • Email address
  • Cell phone number for text communication
  • Insurance Information

If you do not have access to this technology, you can phone SSTAR to book an appointment.

Complete Eligibility Form by clicking the link.

Complete the form and click SUBMIT to get access to the appointment booking. It will ask for your email address. When you complete the form and hit SUBMIT  it will bring you directly to the appointment booking AND will send an email to the address you put on the form.

Submitting the eligibility form will generate an email from rvelez. Check other folders – spam, junk, other if you do not see it in your Inbox.

That email has two purposes:

  • You need to show this email on your mobile device or a printed copy when you come to the clinic for your vaccine.
  • There is a link at the top of the email that will bring you directly to the booking site. Use this link if you were unable to book an appointment after submitting your eligibility form and you don’t want to fill out the eligibility form again.

Book Appointment

As mentioned above, once you hit SUBMIT at the bottom of the online eligibility form it will bring you directly to the appointment booking site. There are about five questions on the booking site.  If there are no available appointments, you can keep checking by accessing the booking site through the email you were sent upon submittal of your eligibility form. As of 2/25, we are still ironing out some wrinkles and hope to soon have an accurate timeline for releasing new appointments. We apologize for any frustration caused by this hopefully very temporary situation.

When you successfully book an appointment, a text message will be sent to the cell phone number you provided.  This is your appointment confirmation.  In that text is a link to enable you to very easily cancel your appointment if, for example, you found an appointment sooner at another site. Please be sure to cancel so you can free up the appointment for someone else who needs it.

 

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