Thursday, February 4, 2021

Vaccine info share with my office from Elder Services of Merrimack Valley and the North Shore:

Earlier this week, ESMV-NS began supporting the State’s efforts to vaccinate people 75+. If you hear from constituents who are having trouble registered online, they can call us at 1-800-892-0890. We do not have access to any additional slots, but we are available to help people who cannot navigate the website or don't have internet access. 

We are one of 25 Aging Service Access Points across the state serving in this role. 

We are also helping seniors without transportation who need to get to a vaccination appointments. There are a number of different transportation options we're coordinating. If an older adult constituents has a vaccine slot appointment but doesn't have a way to get there, please send them to us and we may be able to help. We are also actively working to help fight vaccine-related scams that have begun to pop up and are targeting older people. It is important to reiterate to all audiences that all Covid-19 vaccines are free. No legitimate vaccination entity will be asking for credit card numbers or SSNs. Seniors should not share personal information with anyone who claims to help them get a vaccine quicker. 

As you know, the processes for helping seniors find and receive vaccinations is continually changing. We are working with the Executive Office of Elder Affairs to help make the process more accessible for all residents of the Commonwealth. We are also coordinating with local Council on Aging partners and senior housing sites to try to overcome barriers to getting people vaccinated.