The second phase of COVID-19 vaccinations will begin in Massachusetts next week, Governor Charles D. Baker Jr. announced during a news conference on Monday afternoon, January 25.
Starting February 1, people age 75 and older will be able to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The governor also announced that the order in which people in the second phase will get vaccinated has been updated to reflect new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control. This update moved people who are 65 and older, or who have two or more underlying conditions, to the second step of the phase.
This update pushes people who work in early education, K-12 workers, transit and utility workers, those who work in food and agriculture, sanitation and public works employees, and public health workers back to the third step of the phase.
The final group of people in phase two will be people who have one underlying condition.
When asked how the state will be verifying people's underlying conditions, Health Secretary MaryLou Sudders said people will be asked to self-attest to their conditions. In other words, the honor system.
Eligible people can find their closest vaccination site by going to mass.gov/COVIDVaccineMap. Each site offers the ability to register online for a vaccination appointment.