COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

We've been getting a lot of questions about what the rollout and distribution will look like for the COVID-19 vaccine. Our Public Health Department is working with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and our regional communities on what distribution will look like for our residents. The vaccine will become available per the phased rollout plan provided by the state. When we have information about a vaccination site, dates and how to sign up, we will share that with the community. 

* Please do not call City offices to ask about vaccine distribution. Updates will be shared here and we will send out a Swift911 when the vaccine becomes available to different groups. 

The Council on Aging has a survey to determine how many high-risk and 65+ individuals in Amesbury will want the vaccine.
Council on Aging Vaccine Survey


Current Vaccination Phase
Groups are listed in order of priority, so even if we're in your phase, we may not have reached you in the list yet. 

Groups in green are currently able to get vaccinated. Groups in red are not yet able to receive the vaccine.

Phase 1

  • Clinical and non-clinical healthcre workers
  • Long-term care facilities
  • First responders
  • Congregate care settings
  • Home-based healthcare workers
  • Healthcare workers doing non-COVID-facing care

Phase 2

  • Individuals age 75+, those with 2+ comorbities, residents and staff of low-income and affordable senior housing
  • Education, transit, grocery, utility, food and agriculture, sanitation, public works and public health workers
  • Adults 65+
  • Individuals with 1 comorbidity

Phase 3

  • General public

phased vaccine plan


Vaccine FAQ

How to I sign up to get the vaccine?
The City of Amesbury is currently working on a mass vaccination clinic and a sign-up process. More details will be shared as soon as they are available.

The vaccine requires two shots for the vaccine to work. You will need two appointments to receive the full vaccine.

How does the vaccine work?
The vaccine helps our body develop immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19 without us having to get the illness. The mRNA vaccine contains material from the virus that causes COVID-19 and gives our cells instructions for how to make a harmless protein that is unique to the virus. After our cells make copies of the protein, they destroy the genetic material from the vaccine. Our bodies recognize that the protein should not be there and build T-lymphocytes and B-lymphocytes that will remember how to fight the virus that causes COVID-19 if we are infected in the future. Learn more on the CDC website.

How long does it take for the vaccine to work? 
It takes time for your body to build protection after any vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines may not protect you for a week or two after your second shot.

What are the side effects of the vaccine? 
Some people report feeling pain or swelling in the arm where the shot is administered. Other side effects may include fever, chills, tiredness and headache. Learn more.

Do I have to pay for the vaccine?
The vaccine (medication) is free. You should not be asked to pay for the vaccine. The administration of the vaccine is covered by health insurance. If you do not have health insurance, you can not be turned away from receiving the vaccine.

If I've had COVID-19, should I still get the vaccine?
Yes, you should. Scientists still don't know how long immunity may last after having COVID-19.

Does the COVID-19 alter my DNA? 
No, the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine does not change or interact with your DNA in any way.

If I get the vaccine, do I still need to take COVID-19 health and safety precautions? 
Yes, you still need to wear a mask, social distance and wash your hands often. Scientists don't know if those who are vaccinated can carry and transmit the virus to others. We need 75-80% of our population to be vaccinated to reach herd immunity.