The Latest Updates from Mass.gov, CMS.gov, and the CDC
In our continuing effort to help keep our residents, clients, family members, and visitors informed of the latest COVID-19 related news, we are pleased to share the following updates from Mass.gov, CMS.gov, and the CDC:
- COVID-19 FLYER – The Department of Public Health has recently released a toolkit on ways to protect yourself, your family, and your community from COVID-19. This includes information on treatment options and is available in multiple languages.
- Free Over-the-Counter COVID Tests – As of April 4th, Medicare Part B beneficiaries, including those enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan, now have access to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved, authorized, or cleared over-the-counter COVID-19 tests at no cost. People with Medicare can get up to eight tests per calendar month from participating pharmacies and health care providers for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
- COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters – Finally, on March 29, 2022, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued updated guidance regarding a second booster dose for individuals over the age of 50. Eligible residents may access booster doses from more than 1,000 locations, with appointments readily available for booking across the Commonwealth. Visit Vaxfinder for a full list of locations.
- For individuals who are unable to use Vaxfinder, or have difficulty accessing the internet, the COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Line can help schedule appointments by calling 2-1-1 and following the prompts for assistance (Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM; Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM).
- For individuals who cannot reasonably leave their homes, call (833) 983-0485 to contact the In-Home Vaccination Program. Representatives from CDR Maguire, which is operating the call center, scheduling appointments, and delivering in-home vaccinations are available Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM.
We invite you to visit us for future news and updates. Thank you.