Beginning today, anyone age 16 and over is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Massachusetts, as the State Department of Public Health enters Phase 3 of its vaccine rollout plan. The Baker-Polito Administration is reminding the public that all individuals 16 and older are now eligible to receive vaccine at any of the Commonwealth’s over 300 public vaccination locations. With this group, 1.7 million additional residents will be eligible for vaccine in the Commonwealth.

According to a press release from the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, individuals seeking appointments at mass vaccination sites are able to preregister for vaccine appointments at Several regional collaboratives are also on the preregistration system including: Amherst, Marshfield, Northborough, Northampton, Palmer and West Springfield.

Due to limited supply of vaccines from the federal government, individuals seeking appointments should anticipate that it may take several attempts for people to get an appointment.

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Locally, the Berkshire Vaccine Collaborative is reminding are people that supplies of vaccines remain limited, and any appointments when they open will be listed on their website. The availability of appointments will be posted six hours in advance of when they are open to the public. Check back often at

An individual who preregisters can still seek appointments at other sites including pharmacies, community health centers and their healthcare provider.

Over the weekend, the Commonwealth hit the milestone of having over 2 million residents fully vaccinated. Over 3 million first doses have been administered.

LOOK: Answers to 30 common COVID-19 vaccine questions

While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.

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