PUBLIC HEALTH information
Baker-Polito Announce Most Covid Restrictions will Lift May 29
Any persons not fully vaccinated are encouraged to wear masks and distance until they are.
Massachusetts: VACCINATION TIMELINE Update:
All residents can preregister to book an appointment at a mass vaccination site at mass.gov/COVIDVaccine.
Timeline for eligibility for groups (current phase always includes people from an earlier phase):
- March 22nd: Residents 60+ and certain workers
- April 5th: Residents 55+ and residents with one certain medical condition
- April 19th: General public ages 16 years of age and older
The full timeline is available at mass.gov/COVIDVaccinePhases.
The Administration has received assurances from the federal government that an increased vaccine supply will be available to states soon. Depending on supply, it could take weeks for people to be notified that an appointment is available at a mass vaccination site.
Resources for coping with Substance Addiction & PTSD:
- Treatment Options for PTSD and Addiction [americanaddictioncenters.org]: Information on the signs of PTSD, substance abuse and its connection to PTSD, and how to get help.
- Veterans’ Mental Health Issues [veteranaddiction.org]: Addresses a range of veteran health concerns such as depression, PTSD, anxiety, and substance abuse.
- Veteran Drug & Alcohol Rehab [americanaddictioncenters.org]: Additional support for veterans.
- Free virtual support and online addiction meetings [americanaddictioncenters.org]: Supports veterans in their recovery.
DIAL 211: MA VACCINATION HOTLINE FOR SENIORS 75+
VACCINATION INFO HOTLINE: 413-449-5575
TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTERING (OR RE-ENTERING) MASSACHUSETTS
855-262-5465 between the hours of 7am and 7pm, 7 days/week. and/or the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) 24/7 Epidemiology line at (617) 983-6800.
Elizabeth Freeman Center: Domestic and Sexual Violence Response
GOV. BAKER LAUNCHES #MaskUpMa
Baker-Polito Administration Outlines Re-Opening Phases & Requirements
LIVE Covid Test Site Locator at mass.gov/covidtestmap
Call 211 to reach the state call center for health information. Free & Multilingual.
Berkshire Medical Center toll-free hotline for questions/concerns: 855-BMC-LINK – or – 855-262-5465 (7 days/week, 7AM – 7PM)
Buoy Health Care Tool
Buoy Health’s online 24/7 tool is free for Massachusetts residents and uses current COVID-19 guidance from the CDC and Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Visit buoy.com/mass to learn more and use the tool.
Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH) is checking Voicemail and SignMail messages left on our main numbers: Voice (617) 740-1600 and Video Phone: (617) 326-7546, and will respond within one business day.
For interpreter/CART requests are being processed online, visit https://www.mcdhh.net/request/ to submit your request.
Text Alerts – Text “COVIDMA” to 888-777 to receive COVID-19 text message alerts straight to your phone and stay up to date with the latest news + updates from the Commonwealth.
Massachusett’s Emergency Management Operations Center’s Private Sector Hotline: 508-820-2094 (M–F, 8AM – 4PM)
Massachusetts Department of Public Health: 617-983-6800 (24-hour emergency hotline)
Report Child Abuse or Neglect to Mass DCF
General Resources to Support Veterans
MA Dept. of Public Health Resource for Veterans and Information about Their Rights
from Governor Baker’s Office:
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved, in part, the Baker-Polito Administration’s 1135 waiver to fast-track MassHealth enrollment, streamline administrative requirements for providers and better deliver critically needed health care services during the COVID-19 public health emergency. CMS has approved the following items of the waiver:
- Enrollment of out-of-state providers and easing other provider requirements when enrolling in MassHealth.
- Allowing providers to be reimbursed for care in alternative, unlicensed settings.
- Suspension of prior authorization requirements and extending pre-existing prior authorizations through the emergency.