Restaurant Workers, Grocery Store Employees, Funeral Home Directors & Others Eligible For COVID Vaccine Starting March 22

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BOSTON – Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced a new COVID vaccine plan today, which makes most of the essential workers, some who have not worked form home and continued to work throughout the pandemic, finally eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Starting March 22, seniors age 60 and older and workers listed below are eligible for the vaccine in Massachusetts.

Workers in the following categories will be eligible as part of this group. This group becomes eligible March 22.

Worker categoryDefinition / examples (if applicable)
Restaurant or cafe workersCooks, servers, maintenance staff, managers, cashiers
Food, meatpacking, beverage, agriculture, consumer goods, retail, or food service workersAll staff involved in the production, processing, storage, transport, wholesale and retail sale, preparation, and service of food and consumer goods, including farm and other agricultural workers, including farm stand and nurseries
Grocery and convenience store workersCashiers, baggers, stockers, managers, maintenance staff, security staff
Food pantry workers or volunteers 
Medical supply chain workersWorkers directly involved in the manufacturing and production, packaging, transport, quality control, and sale of materials critical to the delivery of medical care
Vaccine development workersWorkers directly involved in research, development, manufacturing and production, packaging, transport, quality control, and sale of vaccines (COVID-19 and others)
Transit/transportation workersDrivers/operators, attendants, sales, administrators, maintenance staff, public and private bus, train/subway, passenger boat/ferries,  passenger air, and automobile (including rental car, car service/limousine, taxi, and ride apps) transportation, bridge and road construction and maintenance workers, shipping port and terminal workers, commercial transportation
Public works, water, wastewater, or utility workersUtility: Electrical generation and supply system, natural gas delivery, nuclear power plant, water supply, telephone, cable/fiber optical/broadband/cellular service workers  Public works including street repair, street lighting,  public park, beach, and trail maintenance workers.
Sanitation workersDrivers, solid waste handlers, recycling staff, street cleaners, sewer and storm water system workers
Public health workersPublic-facing federal, state, and local governmental public health workers
Court system worker (judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, clerks), other than court officers who are listed under first respondersCriminal court workers, including judges, prosecutors, public defenders, private defense attorneys, clerks, maintenance workers
Funeral directors and  funeral workersFuneral directors/morticians, other funeral workers (funeral home staff, drivers, maintenance workers, cemetery workers, funeral cosmetology workers)

When you are eligible:

Step 1: Preregister for a mass vaccination location or find a location and schedule your appointment

There are different ways to find a vaccine appointment if you’re eligible:

  • Preregister at to be notified when it’s your turn to schedule an appointment at oneof 7 mass vaccination locations: Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium, Reggie Lewis Center, DoubleTree Hotel in Danvers, Eastfield Mall in Springfield, Natick Mall and former Circuit City in Dartmouth.
  • Use to search for appointments at pharmacies, health care providers, and other community locations

Massachusetts’ preregistration system makes it easier to request and schedule an appointment at one of the 7 mass vaccination locations. Eligible people can preregister for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at mass vaccination locations only. More locations will be added to the system in April.

Once you sign up for preregistration, you’ll receive weekly status updates. You can opt out at any time if you find an appointment elsewhere. Once an appointment is available, you’ll be contacted with the opportunity to book the appointment and have 24 hours to accept it.

Massachusetts receives a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine doses from the federal government each week. 

Due to high demand and very limited supply, it may take several weeks to schedule an appointment or to be notified that an appointment is available at mass vaccination locations. 

Individuals 75 and older without access to the internet or who are unable to preregister or schedule their appointment online can call toll free 2-1-1 or (877) 211-6277 for assistance.


email: call or text at 508-315-7176

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