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Dover COVID-19 Updates

Posted on: January 30, 2021

01.30.2021 Dover COVID-19 Update

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COVID-19 UPDATE : 01.30.2021 


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COVID Cases in Dover
There were 11 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Dover during the week that ended 1/26/2021.  This is fewer than occurred in each of the last four weeks and is consistent with a decline in state-wide cases recently.  If this trend continues, it may indicate that our second, holiday-related, surge in Massachusetts is beginning to recede.

COVID-19 Vaccine Updates
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On Monday, February 1, vaccination sites will begin immunizing people ages 75 and older.  Appointments first became available online on January 27 and have been difficult to arrange because of a shortage of vaccine and difficulties finding appointments in the online scheduling system.  On January 28, Governor Baker announced that his administration plans to establish a vaccine call center during the week of February 1 for people who need help setting up vaccination appointments.

COVID-19 Vaccine Questions and Answers

Who is eligible to receive COVID vaccine now?
     People age 75+ are eligible as of February 1, as part of Phase 2.   Groups who are part of  Phase 1 remain eligible.

Where is the vaccine available?
     The vaccine is available at mass vaccination clinics and at some municipal clinics, pharmacies, hospitals, and physician offices.

Does Dover have a COVID vaccination clinic?
     Dover does not have a COVID vaccination clinic because it lacks the resources to meet the logistical requirements of a clinic right now.  This may change over time.

Do COVID vaccination clinics accept walk-ins?
     No, all vaccinations are done on an appointment basis

How can I sign up for an appointment?
     As of this writing (1/30/2021), appointments must be scheduled online

  • Visit the webpage:  http://www.mass.gov/covidvaccinemap and scroll down to the map
  • Select the location on the map and proceed with scheduling an appointment online
  • The vaccination sites have different formats and scheduling platforms, so the process for one may be different than another

I need help.  I've tried many times to schedule an appointment, but I can’t find one. 
     Because there is a shortage of vaccine, and because most vaccination sites won't make appointments until they have doses available, there aren't enough appointments to meet the demand.  However, new vaccine shipments arrive regularly, and new appointments do open up.  We advise that you keep trying!

I need help.  I have a computer but need coaching about online registration and appointment scheduling
     Please contact the Dover Council on Aging at 508-315-5734

I need help.  I don't  have access to a computer.
     We anticipate that there will be a new telephone call center next week that will assist people with making appointments.  We will post information about it as soon as we know more.

If I’ve had COVID-19, should I be vaccinated, and when?
     If you have had COVID-19, you should be vaccinated, as reinfection can occur, and it is very likely that vaccination will help prevent reinfection.  If you had COVID-19 and were treated with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should defer your vaccination for three months following the treatment.  

After I have been vaccinated, when can I stop wearing a mask and avoiding close contact with others?
     After you are vaccinated, please continue to wear a mask, wash your hands often, maintain physical distance, and avoid indoor settings with people who aren’t members of your immediate household. These measures remain important  because we don’t yet know whether people who have been vaccinated will still be capable of spreading the virus. 

How can I stay up to date about COVID vaccination?
The Board of Health and Council on Aging will continue to post updates on the town website and will send them by email to people who have signed up for alerts or who are on the COA email list. The Department of Public Health posts information updates at mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine.

If you have questions or comments, please contact:
Board of Health boh@doverma.org
508-785-0032 ext. 232

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