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FAQ: Patient Vaccine Program

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Where is UMass Memorial Health currently offering COVID-19 vaccines to patients?

As of August 2021, we are offering COVID-19 vaccines on a limited basis to: inpatients in our hospitals and through a limited pilot program in a few select ambulatory (outpatient) settings. We are also offering COVID-19 vaccines on a walk-in basis to individuals at our Stop the Spread COVID-19 testing and vaccination site in Worcester.

If I got my first dose somewhere else (not at a UMass Memorial Health location), can I get my second dose at a UMass Memorial Health location?

Yes, as long as the UMass Memorial site is offering the same brand (e.g. Pfizer or Moderna) that you received for your first dose.

Do I have to pay to get the vaccine?

Patients do not have to pay out-of-pocket for the vaccine. Insurance is not required, but if you are insured, we will ask for your health insurance information for administrative billing purposes.

What happens if I have an adverse reaction to the vaccine while I'm at the clinic?

After receiving the vaccine, all patients are observed by medical professionals for 15 to 30 minutes to detect adverse reactions. Nurses are present in the observation area to help with any reactions.

What if I don't speak or read English?

If you do not speak or read English, we will provide interpreter services at no cost to you in the language you prefer to receive your health information.

How long will I be required to wait after receiving my vaccine?

We are required to observe you for up to 30 minutes after your vaccine has been administered. Please plan to stay for up to 30 minutes after your vaccination.

If I'm not feeling well, should I still get my vaccination?

If you're not feeling well, consult with your primary care physician about whether or not it's appropriate for you to receive the vaccine that day.

Will I have a choice about which vaccine I receive?

No. We will give you the vaccine we have available at the time that is appropriate for your age. When offering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, we will have one of the two mRNA vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna) for you to choose as an alternative if you prefer.