COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

* If you have questions about the vaccine after reading this page, please call the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at (978) 388-8155, open M-F from 8AM-4PM.


The Lower Merrimack Valley Regional Collaborative (LMVRC) is a partnership between Amesbury, Georgetown, Groveland, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburylower merrimack valley regional collaborative logoport, Rowley, Salisbury and West Newbury to hold vaccination clinics in our communities and bring the vaccine closer to home. See below for dates and details on LMVRC clinics and other vaccine information. These clinics are open to all Massachusetts residents, and residents of neighboring states who work or study in Massachusetts.

Amesbury High School
5 Highland Street, Amesbury

Site Information
Follow signs for parking, enter through the gymnasium entrance. There is accessible drop off and pick up. Wheelchairs are available on-site for those who need it.

Booking Your Appointment
To book an appointment, you will be asked for your name, date of birth, phone number, email (optional), race, ethnicity and insurance information (if applicable). You will receive email confirmation of your appointment. Please check your junk / spam folder.

Second Dose Appointments
If you get your first dose of Moderna / Pfizer at Amesbury High School, we will make an appointment for your second dose while you're on site.

  • Saturday, April 17, 9AM - 5PM (Pfizer)
    • This is primarily a second dose clinic (Pfizer)
    • 1st doses (Pfizer) - An appointment link will be shared at 8AM on Wednesday, 4/14
       
  • Sunday, April 18, 9AM - 5PM (Pfizer)
    • This is primarily a second dose clinic (Pfizer)
    • 1st doses (Pfizer) - An appointment link will be shared at Noon on Wednesday, 4/14

West Newbury Town Annex
381 Main Street, West Newbury

Site Information
Parking available in the front and rear of the building, enter building through the front entrance. When exiting the parking lot, take a left at the far end of the lot and continue straight to Bachelor Street, left on Bachelor brings you back to Main Street.

Booking Your Appointment
To book an appointment, you will be asked for your name, date of birth, phone number, email (optional), race, ethnicity and insurance information (if applicable). You will receive email confirmation of your appointment. Please check your junk / spam folder.

  • Thursday, April 15 (Johnson & Johnson, age 18+)
    • CANCELED 

 

Book a Vaccination Appointment

Seniors
Amesbury seniors can contact the Amesbury Council on Aging if you still need assistance booking an appointment. (978) 388-8138

Veterans
The VA New England is currently providing the vaccine at their Bedford clinic to Veterans that are enrolled in VA Healthcare regardless of age. Veterans may call their Vaccination Call Center at 781-687-4000 to make an appointment. If you are not enrolled in VA Healthcare, call the Amesbury VSO at (978) 388-8136 to enroll. Learn More. 

Wait List 
If you are currently eligible but having a hard time getting an appointment,
you can fill out this form for the opporunity to get a last-minute phone call on a clinic day to fill an open spot. If you fill out this form but then get yourself an appointment, please email thayerc@amesburyma.gov so Caitlin can remove you from the list.


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. This information comes from
Mass.gov.
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+
  • Individuals 65+, those with 2+ of certain medical conditions, residents and staff of low-income and affordable senior housing
    • Eligible conditions: cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD, down syndrome, heart conditions, immunocompromised state from solid organ transplant, obesity and severe obesity, pregnancy, sickle cell disease, smoking, type 2 diabetes mellitus, asthma (moderate to severe)
  • K-12 Educators, K-12 Staff and Child Care Workers
  • Individuals 60+ and Transit, grocery, utility, food and agriculture, sanitation, public works and public health workers
  • Individuals 55+ and Individuals with 1 of certain medical conditions

Phase 3

  • Eligible April 19: General public

Vaccine FAQ

How to I make an appointment to get the vaccine?

The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines require two shots for the vaccine to work. You will need two appointments to receive the full vaccine. Johnson & Johnson is one shot.

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. 

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.

Watch our for fraud schemes related to COVID-19 vaccines.
The Office of the Comptroller for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has put out information related to fraud and schemes surrouding the vaccines.
Read about them and be cautious when someone contacts you related to the vaccines.

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