Dear Constituents of Massachusetts' First Congressional District,
My staff and I in Washington, Pittsfield, and Springfield are working with local, state, and federal agencies to bring you the most up-to-date and accurate information on the coronavirus or COVID-19. Please note that due to this pandemic, all three of my offices are closed. My staff is working remotely and can be reached by calling Washington (202-225-5601), Springfield (413-785-0325), or Pittsfield (413-442-0946). You may also send an email HERE.
The resources outlined below are designed to keep you informed, prepared, and safe.
The Baker-Polito Administration has outlined their "Reopening Massachusetts" plan which can be found HERE.
Richard E. Neal
Member of Congress
Currently, Massachusetts is in Phase 3 of the vaccination rollout meaning that everyone who lives, works, or studies in Massachusetts and is 16+ can receive the vaccine.
Get your vaccination
Preregister for a mass vaccination location or find a location and schedule your appointment
- Preregister at VaccineSignUp.mass.gov to be notified when it's your turn to schedule an appointment at one of 7 mass vaccination locations: Hynes Convention Center, Gillette Stadium, Reggie Lewis Center, DoubleTree Hotel in Danvers, Eastfield Mall in Springfield, Natick Mall and former Circuit City in Dartmouth. There are different ways to find a vaccine appointment:
Use VaxFinder.mass.gov to search for appointments at pharmacies, health care providers, and other community locations
- Massachusetts’ preregistration system makes it easier to request and schedule an appointment at one of the 7 mass vaccination locations. People can preregister for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at mass vaccination locations only. More locations will be added to the system in April.
- Once you sign up for preregistration, you’ll receive weekly status updates. You can opt out at any time if you find an appointment elsewhere. Once an appointment is available, you’ll be contacted with the opportunity to book the appointment and have 24 hours to accept it.
- Massachusetts receives a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine doses from the federal government each week. Due to high demand and very limited supply, it may take several weeks to schedule an appointment or to be notified that an appointment is available at mass vaccination locations.
The "Stop the Spread" initiative introduced by the Baker-Polito Administration allows for individuals to receive a free COVID test at various locations throughout the state. For more information on locations, times, and to make an appointment, visit their website HERE.
COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Through FEMA
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families. FEMA's mission is to help people before, during and after disasters. They are dedicated to helping ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the virus.
Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.
To apply, visit FEMA's website HERE.