After years of encouraging voluntary efforts to increase the number of health care personnel vaccinated against the flu, Massachusetts now requires vaccination for everyone working in long-term care, assisted living and other facilities that serve older adults and individuals with disabilities, whether or not they have direct contact with patients and residents. Applications for exemptions will only be accepted from individuals with specific religious or medical contraindications.

Facilities and organizations have until December 31, 2020, to ensure personnel are vaccinated and until January 15, 2021, to submit documentation to the state.