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**Updated 04/06/2021

COVID-19 Vaccination

Massachusetts is currently in Phase 2 of COVID-19 vaccination. You are currently eligible to receive the vaccine if:

  • You are 55+ years old
  • You have 1+ certain medical conditions
  • You live or work in low income and affordable senior housing
  • You are a K-12 educator, K-12 school staff member, or child care worker
  • You are a certain worker (food service, grocery, sanitation, public works, transit, etc.)

**Due to state-wide shortages, COVID-19 vaccine scheduling at the MelroseWakefield Hospital vaccination clinic is temporarily paused. We do not know when OR if scheduling will re-start, so if you are eligible to receive the vaccine you should visit or call 211 to schedule an appointment at a state-run vaccine site.**

**Dutton Family Care encourages ALL patients to receive the vaccine as soon as they are able. Do not wait! The fastest way to get vaccinated is to go through a state-run site.**

Dutton Family Care will likely NOT receive the COVID-19 vaccine to distribute to the general public. There is NO list for vaccination at our practice. We will update the website with more information as we receive it. For more information on the vaccination timeline, eligibility, and scheduling, click here.


Telehealth Visits

Our office is offering Telehealth video visits via the HIPAA-compliant platform Zoom. Please call the office or request an appointment via the Patient Portal to schedule a Telehealth appointment.

In-office Visits

If you are visiting our office for an appointment during the COVID-19 pandemic, please adhere to the following protocol:

  • You MUST be pre-screened for COVID-19 before entering our office. This involves answering a questionnaire over their phone when we confirm your appointment. If you are experiencing ANY symptoms related to COVID-19 (respiratory symptoms, cough, fever, chills, body aches, GI complaints, fatigue, etc.) you will not be permitted into the office and you must do a telehealth appointment.
  • Please attend your appointment alone unless it is absolutely necessary that you bring a guardian/companion.
  • Masks are required at all times unless a provider or medical assistant asks you to remove it.
  • When you arrive for your visit, please come up to the door and knock and we will permit you to wait in the waiting room. We will ensure that you do not come in contact with other patients during your visit.
  • After your visit, you will be directed to leave. If you need to schedule any follow up appointments or physicals, you will need to call the office to do so.

What to do if you suspect you have or have been exposed to COVID-19

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (respiratory symptoms, cough, fever, chills, body aches, GI complaints, fatigue) call the office to set up a Telehealth appointment with one of the providers. The provider will determine if you are eligible for testing and will order one if necessary. If the provider orders you a test, it will be a drive-thru test at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford.

If you suspect that you have been exposed to COVID-19, call the office to set up a Telehealth appointment with one of the providers. The provider will determine if any testing is needed.

If you need COVID-19 testing for travel, school, or return-to-work purposes, please call a pharmacy or urgent care. Due to the limited number of tests, we are only permitted to send patients for testing through the MelroseWakefield Hospital System if the patient is experiencing symptoms or has been exposed.

In the meantime, please be sure to isolate yourself from friends, family, and coworkers until a provider directs you otherwise.