Southcoast Health has provided the first dose of the COVID vaccine to nearly 3,000 residents age 75+ in our region, quickly mobilizing three public vaccination clinics in the greater Fall River, New Bedford and Wareham regions.
As of February 24, our clinics are able to administer another 4,000 first doses based on supply recently made available by the Commonwealth. We are sending randomly generated invitations to schedule appointments to individuals eligible under the state’s phased rollout.
We recommend you get ready for your shot by signing up for MyChart!
Or complete the Covid-19 Vaccine Lottery Request Form
We are making this form available to ensure all members in the community have equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine lottery process.
Southcoast pledges to vaccinate as many people as possible, as quickly as possible – in a fair and careful way. While the Commonwealth is the administrative authority on allocation and eligibility, Southcoast Health is a facilitator doing everything in our power to make sure you and your loved ones get your shot.
Please note that all appointment scheduling is subject to allocation of vaccination supply from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Vaccination Eligibility Status
The Commonwealth is the administrative authority on vaccination in Massachusetts; Southcoast Health and other organizations serve as facilitators who are required to strictly adhere to the state’s established guidelines and supply shipments. You can find a map of the Commonwealth’s current COVID-19 vaccination locations here.
Steps to Get Your Vaccination
- Log into or sign up for MyChart (Southcoast Health primary care provider not required)
- If you have an existing MyChart account, or once you’ve activated one, you need not take further action.
- Await selection – individuals who meet eligibility criteria are randomly selected via lottery process to receive invitations to schedule appointments.
- Book an appointment – you will receive communications from MyChart and Southcoast Health alerting you to your randomly selected invitation to schedule a time and location at one of the three Southcoast Health vaccination sites (listed below).
- Notification will first be sent from MyChart, followed by other modes of communication, e.g., phone call, email, text, or USPS mail.
- Lottery process invitations are non-transferable between individuals.
- Prepare for your appointment
As a reminder, these opportunities to schedule appointments will be wholly dependent on available vaccine supply, week to week, as allocated by the Commonwealth.
Southcoast Vaccination Sites
Southcoast has worked closely with the Commonwealth, municipalities, and community partners to establish three public vaccination sites that launched on February 8.
Please note, individuals accompanying a 75+ resident to their vaccination appointment at 1 of 4 mass vaccination locations can make an appointment to also be vaccinated at the same location on the same day. This does not apply to Southcoast Health vaccination locations.
- Greater Fall River Site
- Greater New Bedford Site
- Greater Wareham Site
Fall River Vaccine Clinic
Dartmouth Vaccine Clinic
Wareham Vaccine Clinic
Sign up for MyChart
Activating and accessing MyChart – even if you don’t have a Southcoast primary care provider (PCP) – is an important step in preparing yourself for vaccination.
Vaccination Guides & Resources
Thank you for your trust, patience, and support, and please stay tuned to this page for updates. A few final reminders:
- While awaiting vaccination, and even after being vaccinated, please stay safe by wearing a mask whenever you’re in a public area, staying at least 6 feet away from people with whom you do not live, washing and sanitizing your hands regularly, and refraining from touching your eyes, nose and mouth as much as possible.
- Even after being vaccinated, we urge patients to continue wearing a face covering or mask. We are encouraging everyone to wear a mask in public and to contribute to a shared national effort of saving every possible life. When you protect yourself and your loved ones, you are also protecting our frontline healthcare heroes.
- The vaccine is free of charge for recipients, but if you have health insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid, please be prepared to share that information during the scheduling and appointment process.