We are pleased to announce that we will be starting our Community Vaccination Program on Tuesday Feb. 9 2021. As part of Phase 2 of the Commonwealths’ COVID-19 Rollout, both sites will be providing vaccine to eligible patients and community residents in the North End, Waterfront and Charlestown who are 75 years and older. Individuals should call the dedicated phone lines listed below where you can leave your information and a patient service representative will call you back to schedule the appointment.
You must be registered with Massachusetts General Brigham’s Hospital, if not you should call 866-211-6588 to register. We will also be asking screening questions to assess your eligibility at the time of scheduling.
Intravenous Antibody Treatment (eg Regeneron) status as of 12/3/20: The Mass General-Brigham (MGB) system in the near future will have very limited amounts of the two antibody infusion treatments approved for emergency use. There have not been large definitive studies showing their safety or efficacy, but only small initial studies suggesting improved outcomes when given to outpatients at high risk who test positive for coronavirus. Initial planning for use of these infusions will limit them to patients age 65 and older, or younger patients with a BMI greater than 35. There will be a carefully regulated lottery system run at MGH to determine who will be contacted to have these treatments offered (similar processes will be set up at other hospitals). Patients will be contacted based on positive test results and their risk status in the computer system. There are very rigorous rules on the use of these infusions from the CDC and State Department of Public Health, and staff at North End Waterfront Health have absolutely no role in the process of ordering or suggesting these infusions. The complete process is handled at the MGH level, and is based on data in the electronic medical record. And to reiterate, the supply of these treatments is so limited, that a only a small number of patients will be contacted to offer them. If you have a positive test result and feel you are high risk, but are not called, you are not eligible for these infusions. We hope this information is helpful for you in this time of rapid change around the coronavirus situation.