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Posted on: January 23, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Update - Call for Phase 1 Individuals

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 the 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.  

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