Vaccine Information

The COVID-19 Vaccineisfree and one of the best ways to protect yourself and those around you from getting sick from COVID-19. While the vaccine doesn’t contain the virus that causes COVID-19,some people may experience mild side effects after getting the vaccine, but this is a sign that your body is learning how to protect you.

 

We encourage everyone to get vaccinated by going to www.mass.gov/covidvaccine to preregister and/or book an appointment online.

 

To make an appointment, we recommend the following:

 

Online:

  • You can preregister for the State’s Mass Vaccination Sites at vaccinesignup.mass.gov.
    • We suggest everyone preregisters. You will be contacted by your method of choice (via text, email or phone call) when an appointment becomes availableand will have 24 hours to respond and make the appointment.
    • When pre-registering or registering for an appointment, you can check off their worker category to indicate eligibility or other eligibility criteria, such as age and/or medical condition(s).
  • In addition to preregistering, below are other ways for eligible people to find an available appointment:

By Phone:

  • You can call 2-1-1, the Massachusetts Vaccine Scheduling Resource Line.
    • Hours: Mon-Thu, 8:30 am. – 8:00 p.m., Fri-Sun, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    • Live call center workers will be available in English and Spanish, and 100 additional languages will be available through translators.

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Testing

The City of Cambridge and Cambridge Public Health Department (CPHD) are offering free COVID-19 testing for Cambridge residents. The PCR tests are anterior nasal swab tests and not the nasopharyngeal swab test that go all the way back in the nasal passages. No identification or Social Security number is required. All sites are wheelchair accessible.

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Public Health

Please continue to do your part to:

  • Get vaccinated.
  • Wear face coverings whenever outside your home.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others at all times, avoid crowds of any size, and do not shake hands or hug.
  • Limit trips for groceries, gas, and other essentials.

Local Guidance for the Community

 

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City Departments & Offices

In-person appointments at City buildings, including contactless holds pick-up at the Cambridge Public Library, have resumed. Appointments are available with many departments on Monday – Friday each week.

Most City services can be accessed online or over the telephone. While City buildings will be open to members of the public by appointment only, City offices will remain open. A complete listing of City departments and contact information can be found below.

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Reopening Cambridge

The City of Cambridge and Commonwealth of Massachusetts are working to safely reopen the economy, get people back to work, and ease social restrictions while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19. Information on plans, guidelines, and guidance for different sectors of the economy will be available here and updated often. The City of Cambridge will release further information on City-specific orders that will supplement the State’s recommendations when necessary. Cambridge businesses planning to reopen must adhere to all Massachusetts regulations, in addition to any additional guidance issued by the City.

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City Services

In-person appointments at City buildings, including contactless holds pick-up at the Cambridge Public Library, have resumed. Appointments are available with many departments on Monday – Thursday each week. Most City services can be accessed online or over the telephone. While City buildings will be open to members of the public by appointment only, City offices remain open.

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Face Coverings

Masks work best when everyone wears them, but not all masks provide the same protection. How well a mask fits, how well it filters the air, and how many layers it has are all important to consider when choosing which mask to wear. Wearing a mask in public, when visiting friends or family, or when someone in your house is sick is now more important than ever with the increased spread of new COVID-19 variants, some of which appear to spread more easily and quickly than the original virus that causes COVID-19.

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Businesses

Access, local, state, and federal information and assistance for the small business and artist communities.

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Schools

Access information about Cambridge Public Schools’ plans for the 2020-21 School Year.

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Housing

During this time of crisis, the City of Cambridge is working hard to ensure that all our residents stay safe and healthy.

Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui and City Manager Louis A. DePasquale have been working with the City Council and many City Departments to establish additional resources for residents who have been impacted by the Coronavirus/COVID-19.

The Community Development Department, the Department of Human Service Programs’ Multi Service Center, and the City’s Housing Liaison are also working together to stay up to date on all court related information and to respond to your housing related questions and concerns. We understand that this crisis affects us all; tenants, homeowners, landlords and property management companies. We hope by working together we will keep our homes and our community intact.

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Seniors

Senior residents, particularly individuals with weakened respiratory and immune systems, may be at higher risk of serious illness upon contracting COVID-19. As a unified community, we can keep our most vulnerable residents safe and healthy, both physically and mentally, by adopting specific precautionary measures.

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Libraries

All Cambridge Public Library buildings are closed to the public until further notice. Contactless pickup of library holds is available at some locations during modified hours. The Main Library book drop is open 24/7 for returns, and branch libraries accept returns during advertised hours. No overdue fines are being charged during the pandemic. The Library offers many online collections and virtual services and programs to enjoy from home. Library staff are available to assist patrons by phone at 617-349-4040 and email to library@cambridgema.gov.

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Resources for People with Disabilities

People with disabilities (PwD) and/or certain ongoing health problems, especially people who have problems with their lungs or with fighting off illness, are at a higher risk of getting very sick if they get COVID-19.The Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities (CCPD) has put together this list of resources to help you get your basic needs met during this public health crisis.

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Transition Wellness Center

On December 16, 2020, the City of Cambridge announced the opening of the Transition Wellness Center (TWC). The new temporary emergency homeless shelter at the Spaulding Hospital will host 58 beds and serve as an adult homeless shelter for guests who test negative for COVID-19. It is located on the first and second floors of the east wing of the Spaulding Hospital, which is located at 1575 Cambridge Street and was vacant prior to the renovations. The City of Cambridge will fund the entirety of the shelter operation. This project is federal CARES Act funding eligible and the City expects to submit approximately $3.4 million for reimbursement to support this critical initiative.

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