SPRINGFIELD — Mercy Medical Center will begin distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible members of the community based on state guidelines regarding vaccine prioritization. This week, Mercy Medical Center began scheduling COVID-19 vaccine appointments for first responders, staff and residents of congregate-care facilities, and healthcare workers who are eligible under the state’s phase-1 guidelines. Vaccinations for eligible community members who have made an appointment will begin on Jan. 25.
Mercy Medical Center is offering those eligible for the vaccine an easy-to-use method for making an appointment. An appointment is mandatory, as the vaccine clinic cannot accommodate walk-in recipients. To make an appointment, log onto the Mercy vaccine scheduling portal at www.trinityhealthofne.org/mercy-vaccine. After entering the required information, request a preferred appointment date and time. A confirmation e-mail will be sent within 24 to 48 hours with the date, time, and instructions for the appointment at Mercy Medical Center.
The vaccine-scheduling portal also provides a link to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) website, where individuals can check when they are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This information will be updated as the state moves into phases 2 and 3 of the vaccine-distribution process.
Like all Massachusetts hospitals, Mercy Medical Center is working closed with DPH, which is managing vaccine distribution in the state to ensure an adequate number of doses for all eligible individuals.