Testing and Vaccinations

Testing

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Hingham Testing Center

The Hingham Board of Selectmen announced that the Town has partnered with mPathy LLC to establish a COVID-19 testing site in Hingham.  The site is located at the former Hingham Light Plant at 308 Cushing Street. 

Hingham Selectmen Joe Fisher said “The Town’s residents and employees deserve ready access to a testing facility that accepts reservations, where testing can be done in a safe environment, and that provides high-quality test results.”

Hingham resident and mPathy LLC founder Jackson Stone established a testing site in Brookline in early November and wanted to bring these services to his hometown.  

PCR swab tests will be available at the Hingham testing site from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Saturday beginning on Thursday, December 10th.  Appointments can be made in advance through mPathy’s online scheduling system at www.mpathy.org/schedule.  

Priority access will be given to Hingham residents and Town employees from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM each testing day.  After 10:00 AM, appointments will be available to the general public.  Walk-ins are welcome, but will generally result in a longer wait time than those with scheduled appointments.  

COVID Updates for the Town of Hingham

Vaccinations

Notice about Hingham Vaccine Pre-registration

On February 17, 2021, the State informed the Town that effective the week of March 1, the State will no longer be providing first dose vaccines to Hingham (and most other municipal clinics).  The State is streamlining the vaccine distribution process and placing an emphasis on mass vaccination sites and regionalized clinics.  There is also a growing number of pharmacies and other retail locations administering vaccines in Massachusetts.  

Unfortunately, this means that the Town will not be able to schedule additional first-dose vaccination clinics in Hingham and that residents will need to seek the vaccine elsewhere.  Please visit the State’s Vaccine Finder website to search for other vaccine sites and to schedule an appointment.  

The state COVID-19 website is the best place for the most up-to-date vaccine information.  Please send any questions that cannot be answered on the state website to CovidQuestions@hingham-ma.gov.  For those without access to email, please call 781-804-2292 and leave a message and a member of our staff will return your call during business hours. Thank you.

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Learn where you will fit into the COVID-19 vaccine distribution timeline. The Town of Hingham is referring all vaccine information requests to the Mass.gov information site.  Please visit their site for up to date information.

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Town of Hingham Announces Pre-Registration Form for COVID-19 Vaccinations for People Age 75 and Over

February 2 - The Town of Hingham would like to inform the community that a COVID-19 vaccination pre-registration form is available for people 75 years of age and older who live or work in Hingham.  The Town’s ability to hold vaccination clinics is dependent on vaccine availability. 

If you can access the vaccine through other means, you should do so.  The Town of Hingham is limited by the number of vaccines we receive and we will vaccinate people on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Access the Board of Health COVID Vaccination Pre-Registration Form.

Once someone has pre-registered they will be added to a wait list. The Town will follow the State’s prioritization process for vaccines, with people 75+ years old eligible first in Phase 2.  Once the Town receives its vaccine doses from the State, health officials will set up clinics for those who live and work in town.  We will email people on a first-come, first-served basis with instructions to schedule your vaccine appointment.  

If you have received a vaccine elsewhere and no longer need an appointment, please let the Town know as soon as possible by emailing CovidQuestions@hingham-ma.gov.

“Pre-registration is an important and positive step in the process of getting all people vaccinated who live and work and our town, and we will continue to keep people informed every step of the way as the vaccine is rolled out,” said Hingham Executive Health Officer Susan Sarni. “We ask that everyone continue to be patient. Our ability to deliver the vaccine is based on our vaccine supply. We thank everyone for their continued cooperation during these difficult times.”

Stay Informed

For more information visit the state of Massachusetts’ timeline for vaccine distribution, . For more information about COVID-19 vaccines in general, visit the CDC’s website and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website here.  Additional questions may be directed to CovidQuestions@hingham-ma.gov.


Phase 1 Vaccinations

January 22, 2021 - Yesterday, Governor Baker announced that the remainder of individuals listed as part of Phase 1 of the state's vaccination distribution plan are immediately eligible to receive the vaccine.

 The Hingham Health Department is in the process of planning vaccination clinics in the coming weeks to vaccinate eligible home-based health care workers and health care workers doing non-COVID-facing care.  The vaccine is not available to the general public at this time. 

 If you are a home-based health care worker or a health care worker doing non-COVID-facing care as defined below, AND you either live in or work in the Town of Hingham, please fill out this Business Vaccine Information Form if you would like to receive a COVID-19 vaccination through the Hingham Health Department.  We will follow up with you to schedule your vaccine appointment when we finalize clinic dates.  

  1. Home-based health care workers, including:
    • PT/OT/SLP therapists who work with medically complex home students
    • Personal Care Attendants (PCAs)
    • Home Health, hospice, and home care agency staff performing visits in the home
    • Independent Nurses and Continuous Skilled Nursing staff performing visits in the home
    • Aging Service agency staff performing regular visits in the home
    • State Agency staff performing direct care in the home, including DCF Emergency Response Workers, DMH case managers and DDS care coordinators
    • Mental and behavioral health providers providing in home treatment (e.g., ACCS integrated team, PACT, CBHI, ABA, ESP)
    • Adult Foster Care and Group Adult Foster Care workers performing work in the home
    • Independent Therapists (physical therapists, occupational therapists, Speech & Language therapists) performing work in the home
    • Home-Based Respite and Individual/Family Support staff (DDS and DDS Self Directed)
  1. Health care workers doing non-COVID-facing care, including:
    • Dentists/dental students, and dental hygienists*
    • Medical and nursing students*
    • Inpatient and outpatient physical therapists*
    • Interpreters who work in hospitals*
    • Behavioral health clinicians not already covered in congregate care or direct care
    • Non-COVID-facing laboratorians
    • Blood donation workers
    • Organ donation procurement workers
    • Hospice/palliative care professionals
    • Non-COVID facing imaging professionals
    • Dialysis center workers and patients
    • Audiologists and speech and language pathologists*
    • Podiatrists and pedorthists*
    • Program of all-inclusive care for the elderly (PACE) staff
    • SUD treatment program staff (if program is non-residential)
    • Asthma and allergy specialists
    • Diagnostic sleep testing center staff
    • Chiropractors
    • School nurses (other than those working as vaccinators/testers)
    • Members of the clergy (if working in patient-facing roles)
    • Acupuncturists

*unless routinely working with COVID-19 positive or suspected patients, in which case should be considered COVID-facing 

Please note that individuals who do not come into contact with patients (e.g., back office, remote work, administrative staff who do not come into contact with patients) are not prioritized in Phase 1 and are not eligible to receive the vaccine at this time.

We appreciate your patience as we work through the state to administer this program.  If you have any questions, please send them to CovidQuestions@hingham-ma.gov.  

 

Phase 2 Vaccinations

January 26 - Earlier this week, the Baker-Polito Administration announced updates to Phase Two of the state’s vaccine distribution plan, which will begin on Monday 2/1.  Individuals 75 years or older will be the first priority group in Phase 2; individuals 65 years and older and individuals with two comorbidities will now be the second priority group in Phase 2. 

The Town will begin holding vaccination clinics for Phase 2 individuals as soon as we receive sufficient vaccine supplies from the state.  As we receive additional vaccines, we will communicate via our official website, social media channels, the local press, email blasts, and more to schedule people for appointments.  In addition, our Senior Center staff will conduct outreach to Hingham seniors to ensure they are made aware of clinics and to provide assistance with registration as needed.

We understand and recognize that COVID-19 vaccines are important to so many of our residents, and we will continue to keep the community updated on the progress of vaccine distribution.  Please send questions to covidquestions@hingham-ma.gov.