First-responder vaccinations: Arlington aims to expand effort in state rollout

Chief Flaherty shows card. / Town of Arlington photoChief Flaherty shows proof of vaccination. / Town of Arlington photos

UPDATED, Jan. 15: On Tuesday, Jan.  12, under the MA Covid-19 vaccine distribution timeline, Arlington’s Health Department led a regional vaccination clinic at Arlington High School for first responders in Arlington, Belmont, Lexington and Watertown.

First responders include police, fire, emergency medical technicians and support personnel, plus school nurses who are administering vaccinations and/or Covid-19 testing in school populations.

“Belmont, Lexington and Watertown have been our partners in emergency planning for many years and we are able to use these clinics to plan for larger scale clinics expected in the coming months,“ said Christine Bongiorno, town director of Health & Human Services in a Jan. 14 news release.

“These clinics are a big step in public health. It’s been particularly rewarding to provide the vaccination to first responders and school nurses who have been on the front lines combating this virus since last spring. Our goal is to be able to expand our ability to offer more vaccinations.”

About 600 doses of the Moderna vaccine were scheduled to be administered this week through these regional clinics. The second dose of the vaccines will also be scheduled as part of these clinics. 

VIDEO: Watch Arlington Fire Chief Kevin Kelly receive his Covid-19 vaccine in under 2 minutes. 

This priority group (first responders) is the first step for local public health departments to be able to administer the vaccine. Other priority groups listed in Phase 1 will be vaccinated through other programs as part of the state’s plan. 

  • Most health-care workers will be vaccinated at their place of employment.
  • First responders can visit for Covid-19 vaccine locations and more information (local public health).
  • Individuals living and working in long term care will be vaccinated as part of the federal Pharmacy Partnership Program.
  • Vaccination for individuals in other congregate settings (e.g., group homes, shelters, corrections) will be coordinated by the management of those facilities and begin on Jan. 18. Read full release. 

For eligible Phase 1 priority groups, view the state’s Covid-19 Vaccination site map.

Additional Covid-19 clinics in Arlington planned
Sign up if you would like to be alerted when clinics are planned

Arlington’s Health Department is anticipating the expansion of their ability to vaccinate additional priority groups in Phases 1 and 2. In anticipation of expanding their efforts, they have created a form in which Arlington residents can provide their information to be alerted if, and when, a vaccination clinic is available for their priority group.

Submission of your information does not guarantee placement nor does it bound you to get vaccinated by the Health Department. It is only a mechanism to alert priority groups of possible Health Department run vaccination clinics. Depending on the priority group, it may be weeks before you hear from us. The town urges patience.

Submit your information here >>

Once the vaccine is available to the general public in Phase 3, public vaccine clinics will be available on the CDC’s interactive website:  

Jan. 8, 2020: First responders get vaccine at AHS as part of 4-town effort

This news summary published Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, from a town news release, and updated Jan. 15, to change a photo.

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