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May 14, 2021
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Would you like to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in your home? If so, you can ask for an in-home vaccination at no cost to you.

The state of Massachusetts announced the COVID-19 Homebound Vaccination Program in March 2021. The program was recently expanded to offer in-home vaccinations to individuals who cannot get to a vaccination site. Commonwealth Care Alliance® (CCA) is the state’s Homebound Vaccine Provider.

Please call the Homebound Vaccination Central Intake Line at 833-983-0485, 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday.

Representatives are available in both English and Spanish. They also have access to translators for over 100 languages.

You will be called within one week to schedule your appointment.

If you are a CCA member and you need a ride to your vaccine appointment, please call Member Services at 866-610-2273 (TTY 711).

The Massachusetts COVID-19 Homebound Vaccination Program is using the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine. This vaccine is easier to transport and requires only one visit.

After a temporary pause, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended1 that the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine resume. If you have any concerns please see this fact sheet.1

Homebound Vaccination Central Intake Line representatives can also assist you with any questions or concerns you may have at 833-983-0485.

When you are registered for an in-home vaccination, you will be called to schedule your appointment. At that time, you can ask if other members of your household can get their vaccine on the day of your appointment.

If you are referred to your local Board of Health for homebound vaccination, you will need to check with the local vaccination partner to see if household members can also get vaccinated.

In-home vaccination visits are:

  • Performed by medical professionals, following all public health guidelines
  • Tailored to meet your individual needs. Your needs will be reviewed during the scheduling call
  • Scheduled based on the location of residents, not on a first-come, first-served basis

Please plan to wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth during your in-home appointment.

During the appointment, a healthcare professional will give you the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. They will wait with you for 15 to 30 minutes after giving the vaccine to make sure you do not have an allergic reaction.

The healthcare provider will give you a vaccination card that says you received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. This card includes the date you received it and where you received it. Please keep your vaccination card in a safe place. They will also give you a fact sheet that will tell you more about the vaccine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says1 that common side effects include:

  • Pain, redness, and swelling at the injection site
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Chills
  • Fevers
  • Nausea

The CDC says these side effects are normal and show that your body is building protection against COVID-19. Side effects usually start within a day or two of receiving the vaccine and should go away in a few days. The CDC also says the vaccine does not contain the virus and cannot give you COVID-19. Contact your primary care doctor if you have any questions or concerns about side effects.

To learn more about vaccine safety and side effects, read: COVID-19 Vaccine Questions About Safety and Side Effects

It takes time for your body to build protection after any vaccination. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after getting the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

We are still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19. The CDC says that the vaccines are very good at protecting you from getting sick. But we are still learning if they will reduce your ability to spread the virus to others.

You should continue to follow safety measures until you are considered fully vaccinated:

  • Wear a mask
  • Wash your hands
  • Avoid groups
  • Practice social distancing

It will take time for people to get vaccinated. We all need to keep working together to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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