Community COVID-19 Testing Unit

Starting on Monday (5/3/21), the Community COVID-19 Testing Unit at DotHouse will be relocating to Urgent Care. We will continue to have the same testing hours.

The Community COVID-19 Testing Unit at DotHouse has testing hours on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, from 9:00am to 1:00pm, and on Tuesday from 3:00pm to 7:00pm.

 

We are currently testing at a first come, first serve basis. If you plan on coming to our testing hours, we ask you please wear a mask and follow state social distance protocol while in line. If available, please bring your insurance card and photo ID.

 

Testing at DotHouse is at no cost to you. Please visit Boston.Gov for more information on COVID-19 testing centers in Boston.

Please note: The CDC currently doesn't recommend retesting for COVID-19 within 90 days of your positive test, because it is likely you will get a repeat positive. Once it has been more than 10 days from your initial test and you have no further symptoms of COVID for at least 24 hours you are considered no longer infectious. 

 


COVID-19 Vaccine Information


The COVID-19 vaccine is a major focal point in our battle against COVID-19 in our community. DotHouse wants to ensure that we provide our patients wth the most updated information on the vaccine rollout.

 

DotHouse Patients who are 12 years and older can now schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Please call 617-740-2213 to book. You may receive the vaccine regardless of your insurance status or ID.

Companions or caretakers of patients who are 75 years and older are also eligible for the vaccine. The companion or caretaker must be a DotHouse patient.

Vaccine Clinic Hours at DotHouse Health:
Mondays: CLOSED
Tuesdays: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Wednesdays: 11:00am - 7:00pm
Thursdays: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Fridays: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Saturdays: 8:30am - 2:30pm

We are working as diligently as possible in ramping up vaccine supply and ensuring that our most at-risk patients can schedule a vaccine appointment.

In addition to operating our vaccine clinic and COVID testing clinic, DotHouse remains dedicated in continuing our day-to-day operations across the health center and providing comprehensive and high quality healthcare in accordance with strict state guidelines to protect our patients and staff. 


We thank you for your patience as our COVID-19 vaccine clinics rely on a stable and sufficient supply.

Current Eligibility:
Please review the following list for Phase 3:


1. Adults 12 and over who live, work, or study in Masschusetts


2. Adults who live or work in public and private low income and affordable senior housing: Mass.Gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccinations-for-senior-housing-settings


3. People with 1 or more certain medical conditions that cause individuals to be at an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19: asthma (moderate-to-severe), cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), down syndrome, heart conditions (such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies), immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant, obesity, severe obesity, pregnancy, sickle cell disease, smoking, and type 2 diabetes mellitus: Mass.Gov/info-details/certain-medical-conditions-for-phase-2-groups

 

4. K-12 educators, child care workers and school staff in Massachusetts are now eligible to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments.

Mass.Gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccinations-for-k-12-educators-child-care-workers-and-school-staff

5.
Certain workers in Massachusetts are now eligible to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments.

Mass.Gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccinations-for-certain-workers

DotHouse is closely following the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) timeline for COVID-19 vaccine distribution. The timeline below reflects several priorities: protecting our most vulnerable, maintaining health care system capacity, and addressing inequities in health care access and COVID-19 burden.

For more information, please visit the MDPH website: Mass.Gov/info-details/when-can-i-get-the-covid-19-vaccine.



We would like to remind patients that it may take several weeks to get an appointment for a vaccine due to vaccine supply.

We encourage patients to visit the Commonwealth of Massachusetts website for all information pertaining to the State's appointment system for vaccination sites and availability (currrently open for patients 55 years and older):
Mass.Gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccination-locations-for-individuals-in-eligible-groups-and-phases.

In order for patients to continue to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, we provided some helpful information on Frequently Asked Questions about the vaccine below.

We are carefully following all of the MDPH timlines and we will provide our patients with the most updated information we receive. We thank you for your patience as it's difficult to predict any exact dates for patient COVID-19 vaccine rollout. As we wait, we encourage everyone to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through maintaining social distancing, wearing a face mask, and frequently washing your hands.



Frequently Asked Questions for Patients


Is DotHouse giving all available COVID-19 vaccines? Can I choose which I get?
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We anticipate that Dothouse will have supply of the Moderna and Pfizer to patients. Both are being distributed across the state of MA and the country.

 

Some important things to keep in mind about the three vaccines:

- All of the available COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective and safe, and have been through a strict clinical review.

- Both vaccines have been shown in clinical trials to be 100 percent effective against hospitalization and death related to COVID-19.

- You will not be able to choose which you receive; which one you get will depend on our supply of each at the time. The best vaccine to get is the one that is immediately available to you.

- If you get the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, your second dose must be the same type of vaccine you got in the first dose. You cannot get a Pfizer vaccine for the first dose and Moderna for the second or vice versa.


What are the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine?

- It may hurt a little where you got the shot. You may also be tired, get a fever, and have head or body aches. These side effects are good! They are signs that the vaccine is working and your body is building immunity. Very rarely, a person has an allergic reaction to the vaccine right after getting it. To keep these people safe, healthcare providers have patients wait 15-30 minutes before leaving the vaccination area.

Can the vaccine give me or my family COVID-19?
- No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines being used in the United States have live viruses, so they can’t give you the disease. And because you won’t have the live virus, you can’t give it to your family.

How does the COVID-19 vaccine work?
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Right now, there are two approved vaccines, from the Pfizer and Moderna companies. Both work the same way. These vaccines contain genetic instructions to make a small piece of the virus called the spike. Getting the vaccine trains your body’s immune system to recognize the spike on the surface of the virus and to kill any viruses with it.

How can a safe vaccine be ready so quickly?
- For two main reasons. First, because of the pandemic, scientists all over the world cooperated on a single goal: find a vaccine as quickly as possible. Second, the U.S. government paid drug companies a lot of money—over $12 billion—so there was no financial risk for them to develop the vaccine. That meant that scientists could start each of the 4 stages of testing as soon as there was safety data from the last one. Creating new drugs is very expensive, around $1.3 billion per drug, so companies usually wait after each stage to figure out if the drug will pay for itself.

I don’t trust the government to give me health information.
- Talk with your healthcare provider about your concerns and ask them for alternative sources of health information. Medical associations, nonprofit organizations, community groups, and universities all provide good online COVID-19 vaccine resources.

If I get the vaccine, will I be part of an experiment without my consent?
- By law, no one can include you in an experiment without explaining the study and getting your written permission. The laws were passed in the 1970s after some shameful history. In the 1930s, the Tuskegee Project signed up 400 Black men with syphilis, telling them they would get health services. They didn’t tell them they were doing research to see what happened when the disease was left untreated. In the 1950s, in Puerto Rico, poor, young women were given birth control, but not told about the possible side effects. The laws that now protect human subjects require researchers to tell people what they are doing and get their informed consent. They also require that special committees review every study.

Does the vaccine have something in it to track or control people?
- The COVID-19 vaccine does not stay in your body, so there is nothing in it that can track or control you. Getting the vaccine trains your body’s immune system to recognize a spike on the virus and kill any viruses with it. In that training process, all the original material from the vaccine is destroyed. To make sure residents stay healthy, Massachusetts does keep track of all immunizations in a confidential database. By law, only healthcare providers and public health officials can see it.

I don’t need a vaccine. My immunity is already strong, or I use natural remedies.
- It’s great that you are already healthy. But COVID-19 is a new virus that your body hasn’t encountered before. Getting the vaccine will train your body’s immune system to recognize and kill it if you are exposed.

I don’t need a vaccine because for most young/healthy people, COVID-19 isn’t very serious.
- Some young and healthy people have very serious cases of COVID-19 and can even die from it. Others don’t even realize they have it. These people are actually the ones who spread COVID-19 the most. Scientists think about 60% of cases are caught from someone without symptoms. So even if you are young and/or healthy, getting the vaccine will stop the virus from spreading to others, including older family members and those with health conditions.

Does the vaccine stay in my body?
- No. The vaccine trains your body to recognize the virus and kill it. In that training process, all the original material from the vaccine is destroyed.

How long will immunity last?

- Scientists don’t know yet. It may be a couple years. If this is the case, people may need to be vaccinated every year, as is done with influenza.

I already had COVID-19. Do I still need the vaccine?
- Yes. You can get infected with COVID-19 a second time. Scientists still don’t know how long natural immunity lasts. So it is safest for you and your loved ones if you get vaccinated. Please note that if you were treated with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting the vaccine.

Who pays for the COVID-19 vaccine? What if I am uninsured?
- All residents of the United States are entitled to free COVID-19 vaccination. As part of its payments to drug companies, the U.S. government bought millions of doses of the vaccine and will buy many more. Whether you have private insurance, public insurance, or no insurance, you and your family can get vaccinated against COVID-19 free of charge.

FAQ Resources
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 • Mass League of Community Health Centers - COVID-19 Vaccine Common Questions & Concerns
- English (PDF)
- Spanish (PDF)
- Vietnamese (PDF)

 

 • CDC: https://www.CDC.Gov/vaccines/covid-19