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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Breaking News: State Opens Vaccines to All in Phase 1

On January 21, 2021, Governor Charlie Baker announced that the state is opening COVID-19 vaccination to ALL remaining Phase 1 groups in the state’s vaccine distribution plan, including dental professionals providing patient-facing care

We encourage those dental health care professionals that are interested in receiving the vaccine to view the online map of locations providing vaccines to eligible individuals and schedule your appointment as soon as possible.


Latest COVID-19 Vaccine Updates


COVID-19 Vaccine Access and Scheduling

On January 21, the Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) announced the good news that dental professionals in Massachusetts could now schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments. This is thanks to the Commonwealth opening COVID-19 vaccinations to all remaining groups in Phase 1 of the state’s vaccine distribution plan, including dental professionals who provide patient-facing care. This news was a long time coming and followed weeks of effort by MDS leadership and an initial lack of cooperation from the state.

The MDS is thankful for the patience and resilience that Massachusetts dental professionals demonstrated with the long-awaited state-approved eligibility to receive the approved COVID-19 vaccines. We hope to clarify some of the many important updates from this week.

We are encouraged by the organization and preparation taken by Massachusetts officials to provide these detailed and informative resources. The MDS is working with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and continues to advocate on behalf of Massachusetts dental professionals through efforts to provide the following:

  • Expanded access for dental personnel to receive the vaccine through designated vaccine locations that may have allocated vaccines and appointments for registered dental personnel
The MDS is appreciative for the opportunity to collaborate with state public health officials throughout the pandemic response but is disappointed that the relationships cultivated over the pandemic did not result in the ability to establish a dental-exclusive vaccine site. 

Vaccination sites are being launched regularly. We will keep you informed of any dental professional-designated COVID-19 locations that open through this partnership with the DPH. We encourage those members interested in receiving a vaccine to view the online map of locations providing vaccines to eligible individuals and schedule an appointment as soon as possible.


Letter to Governor Baker from MDS President MaryJane Hanlon (12.29.20)

Message From MDS President Dr. MaryJane Hanlon: The MDS to Partner with the DPH (1.13.21)

COVID-19 Vaccine Questions and Answers

COVID-19 Vaccine and Your Patients

Resources for Dental Health Care Professionals

Preparing Your Practice to Administer the COVID-19 Vaccine

Risk Coverage

Additional Resources


Information on COVID-19 is changing on a daily, sometimes hourly, basis. The MDS has made every attempt to ensure that information is up-to-date, but with rapid changes occurring some information may have changed since publication. The date of publication is noted at the top of the page. Please visit or for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19.