Friday, July 16, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccinations / Assistance Scheduling an Appointment

 >>Click on the map below to look for other locations offering the COVID-19 Vaccine Phase 2 >>

 

Peabody: CVS  

All eligible people statewide  

174 Main St., Peabody, MA 01960 

Phone: (978) 977-4844

https://vaxfinder.mass.gov


Peabody: Pediatric Health Care Associates

Eligible people in Essex County

10 Centennial Drive, Peabody, MA 01960

https://vaxfinder.mass.gov

(978) 818-6792

Call the listed number and leave a message with Full Name, Phone number and DOB and a return call will be placed to schedule an appointment.

Left side of Main entrance to our office. Follow signage.

Monday, Wednesday

 

Beverly: Pediatric Associates of Greater Salem

All eligible people statewide

30 Tozer Rd, Beverly, MA 01915

https://vaxfinder.mass.gov

Online booking only

Enter through rear of the building and follow signage

Monday, Tuesday, Saturday, Sunday


Salem: CVS 

All eligible people statewide

300 Canal Street, Salem, MA 01970

https://vaxfinder.mass.gov

Check-in 15min prior

Daily


Lynn: CVS

All eligible people statewide

200 South Common St., Lynn, MA 01905

https://vaxfinder.mass.gov

Check-in 15min prior

Daily


Lynn: Stop and Shop 

All eligible people statewide

35 Washington Street, Lynn MA 01904

https://vaxfinder.mass.gov

All patients are required to wear a mask. Vaccine is available by appointment only to those that are designated to be vaccinated according to the states priority groups. Please do not arrive at the pharmacy more than five minutes before your scheduled appointment time. Bring your driver�s license and insurance card. All patients will be asked to wait in the pharmacy area for a required observation for 15-30 minutes after receiving their vaccination.

Daily


Danvers: Doubletree Hotel

All eligible people statewide

50 Ferncroft Rd, Danvers, MA 01923

https://vaxfinder.mass.gov

Two areas of parking are available just west of the facility. Entry can be found on the north end of the Grand Ballroom complex. Exit can be found on the west end of the Grand Ballroom complex. 

Wheelchairs are available on-site for guest use and there is accessible drop off and pick up. Ramp accessibility is available. Additional accommodations for entry and exit are available.

Daily 


Danvers: Walgreens 

All eligible people statewide

107 High St, Danvers, MA 01923

https://vaxfinder.mass.gov

Appointment only

Daily


Vaccination locations

Please visit the Commonwealth’s webpage with vaccination locations for the current list of open sites, including:

  • A mass vaccination site launched by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. These sites currently have the most availability for appointments.
  • Some local Boards of Public Health administering the vaccine. 
  • Some local pharmacies administering the vaccine.
  • Some primary care providers will be offering vaccines to patients later in the vaccine distribution process. If you are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine from your primary care provider, there is no need to contact your provider at this time. 
    • Primary care providers may reach out with more information or to schedule an appointment when vaccines are available. There is no vaccine waitlist or similar sign-up process with primary care providers.  
  • Your housing property. If you live in an eligible public or private affordable low income senior housing there may be an onsite clinic being planned. 

Please note that the vaccination locations page will be updated frequently as new locations come on line.

Assistance Scheduling an Appointment

If you are unable to schedule an appointment online or would like assistance with the scheduling process, more information will be shared in the coming days. Some resources that may be able to assist you include, but are not limited to, the following local organizations: 

Additional information on ways to get assistance scheduling an appointment will be shared as they become available.

If you are unable to leave your home due to health conditions for a routine medical appointment, additional information regarding vaccination options will be released shortly to ensure all eligible people are able to access the vaccine.

Appointment documentation

  • When scheduling your appointment or at the time of the appointment, you will be required to review vaccine eligibility criteria and confirm (or attest) you are eligible to receive the vaccine. The attestation will be done:
  • At your appointment you may be asked for the following information:
    • Insurance card. Vaccination is free whether you have insurance or not. If you have insurance, please bring that information with you.
    • Government-issued identification or license. 

You will never be asked for a credit card number to make an appointment. You may get a vaccine even if you do not have a driver’s license or a Social Security number

Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

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http://www.mabcommunity.org/mabvi/how-we-can-help/low-vision-centers.html


MULTAQ Savings Card Program | Manufacturer SANOFI

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With the MULTAQ Savings Card you may be eligible to pay as low as $0 co-pay on each of your next 13 MULTAQ fills with no income restrictions. Maximum benefits apply. See terms and conditions here.*

 


 

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

License Renewal

 
 
AAA Members may ask their Optometrist or Ophthalmologists to sign an official Class D and M Vision Screening Certificate and the eye exam procedure will be omitted. Click here for more information.


 >>Click here to find the branches closest to you>>

Danvers RMV Service Center
8 Newbury Street, Danvers Crossing Plaza, Danvers, MA 01923

Your Massachusetts license is valid for a maximum of five (5) years and expires on your birthday. You may renew your license up to one (1) year prior to the expiration date.
Eligible Class D and/or Class M license holders may renew their license online.
Note: You are not eligible to renew online and must renew in person if:
  • your last license renewal was processed online
  • your license photo is nine (9) years older
  • you are 75 years of age or older at the time of renewal
Commercial driver's license holders must renew in person at an RMV Branch office.

Fees

Current renewal fees can be found on our fee chart .

































































































































Thursday, June 24, 2021

MA Senior Medicare Patrol Director Prates quoted in Boston Globe


THE FINE PRINT

Globe Staff,Updated May 4, 2021

E-mails seeking personal information such as a Social Security number are a common tactic of tax scammers. Jenny Kane/Associated Press
 
   With the deadline for filing income tax returns looming on May 17 — it was extended by a month because of the pandemic — the Internal Revenue Service is warning of scam artists constantly trying to steal your money and your personal financial information — now and year-round.
 
   “Be on guard at all times and look out for others,” particularly seniors and others who may be especially vulnerable, the IRS says.
 
   Tax time or not, it’s always important to be vigilant.
 
   “Nobody is immune to scams,” said Lucilia Prates, statewide director of Senior Medicare Patrol, a Lawrence-based nonprofit that counsels seniors. “Everyone is vulnerable.”
 
Unscrupulous tax return preparers
   Watch out for any preparers who won’t sign your tax return, known as “ghost preparers.” They may expose you to serious filing mistakes as well as possible tax fraud and loss of your refund.
 
   Unscrupulous preparers may promise inflated refunds by claiming fake tax credits. Avoid preparers who ask you to sign a blank return, promise a big refund upfront, or charge fees based on a percentage of the refund.
 
   The IRS has a searchable listing of preparers who are currently recognized by the IRS. You can also do a background check on a preparer by looking online for reviews. The Better Business Bureau may be a good place to start.
 
Resolving tax debt
   If you owe back taxes, be wary of any company making promises about getting it resolved. These companies may exaggerate their ability to settle tax debts, while charging pricey fees to submit an application to the IRS for relief. The IRS accepts very few of these cases (known as its “offer in compromise” program).
 
   Prates said consumers should be similarly on guard when callers offer to reduce their credit card debt.
 
   If you owe taxes, you can use an IRS online tool to see if you pre-qualify for the offer in compromise program.
 
Fake payments with repayment demands
   Sometimes criminals put a bogus refund into a taxpayer’s bank account, then call the target posing as the IRS. The taxpayer is told that there’s been an error and that the IRS needs the money returned immediately to avoid penalties and interest. The taxpayer is instructed to buy gift cards for the amount of the refund.
 
   Anytime someone asks you to buy a gift card and give them the serial numbers on the back, that’s a red flag, Prates said.
 
Threatening impersonator phone calls
  A popular ruse used by criminals is to call claiming to be the IRS and demanding money. (The latest wrinkle to this is “spoofing,” in which clever scammers manage to have a local telephone number, or even the name of a government agency, utility, or other entity pop up on your screen, to trick you into answering their calls.)
 
   Callers may threaten deportation or license revocation, trying to stir up fear in their targets. The threats may come from “robocalls,” voice recordings left on phones with instructions for returning the call.
The scammers are well practiced on how to manipulate you.
 
   “They’re very good at it,” said said Betsey Crimmins, a Greater Boston Legal Services attorney. “They know just what to say.”
 
   Best thing to do? Just hang up or don’t answer at all if you don’t recognize the number.
 
Payroll and HR scams
   Scammers may target your employer to steal tax information and compromise business e-mail accounts. With access to your e-mail, the con artists may change your direct deposit information to reroute deposits to an account they control.
 
   Make sure to monitor your bank accounts closely for any possible irregularities.
 
Phishing
   Is that e-mail in your inbox really from whom it appears to be from? Is that text message on your phone screen legit?
 
   Phishing is when criminals impersonate legitimate organizations via e-mail or text message to steal your sensitive information, such as passwords, account numbers, or Social Security numbers.
 
   They create e-mail accounts for themselves that, at first glance, look like the real thing, but are different by one letter or by the domain name (.com, .org, .gov and so on).
 
  Unless you are certain of their origin, don’t reply to e-mails, and don’t click on links or attachments in those e-mails.
 
Fake charities
   Have you received a telephone call or e-mail asking you to donate to a charity that you are familiar with? Pause and consider whether it’s a charity that merely sounds like the one you are familiar with.
 
   Con artist frequently set up fake charities and then solicit donations by telephone, text, social media, e-mail, or even in-person. Often the names they choose mimic the names of legitimate charities.
 
   Before making that donation, talk about it with a family member, friend, or other person you trust.
 
   “Don’t be in a hurry,” Prates said. “A legitimate charity can always wait another day or week.”
 
Social media scams
   Scammers cruise public social media sites in a cunning strategy to find the kind of information that may fool you. For example, they may learn your grandson’s name and the name of the college he’s attending.
 
   One familiar scam is to call a grandparent to say their grandson has been arrested and needs money to be bailed out, while adding a sense of legitimacy by casually referencing his name and college.
In one case I recently learned of, the scammers brought an “attorney” on the phone line to “explain” the situation.
 
   Check out the privacy settings on the social media site you use and consider limiting the amount of personal information you post.
 
Stimulus or refund theft
   One reason criminals steal identities is to file false tax returns to divert stimulus and refund checks to the wrong addresses and bank accounts.
 
   Anyone who believes they may be a victim of identity theft should consult the Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft on IRS.gov.
 
Senior Fraud
   Seniors are more likely to be targeted and victimized by scammers than others.
 
   “Older adults are targeted because they may be retired and at home to pick up the phone, and because they often have assets,” said Odette Williamson, a staff attorney at the National Consumer Law Center in Boston.
 
  Seniors need to be alert to scammers trying to steal personal information by calls, and by fake e-mails, text messages, websites, and social media.
 
   Seniors are also susceptible to fraud in personal and professional relationships. Having a trusted friend or family member involved in a senior’s affairs may be a deterrent.
 
   Scams and frauds against seniors are vastly underreported because many victims feel too embarrassed to admit it and fear doing so could lead to a loss of independence.
 
Scams targeting non-English speakers
   Like seniors, those with limited English proficiency are heavily targeted by scammers intent on stealing personal financial information. Sometimes, the con artists may already have pieces of information — the last four digits of their Social Security number, for example — to make themselves look legitimate.
 
Malware and ransomware
   Malware is a form of invasive software that may be inadvertently downloaded by a user. Once downloaded, it tracks computer activity, and may lock critical or sensitive data with its own encryption.
 
   Victims may receive a ransom request in a pop-up window demanding payment in virtual currency such as Bitcoin in exchange for release of the encrypted data. Scammers often use phishing e-mails to trick victims into opening links or attachments containing the ransomware.

 MA Senior Medicare Patrol | at Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley and North Shore, 280 Merrimack Street, Lawrence, MA 01843 www.MASMP.org

 

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

SNAP households automatically enrolled into the Health Incentives Program (HIP)

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Eating fruits and vegetables each day is important for your health. HIP helps you buy more fruits and vegetables for your household.

How does HIP work?

We automatically enroll SNAP households in HIP.

Use your SNAP benefits at one of our HIP retailers to buy fruits and vegetables. You will receive $1 for each dollar you spend on eligible fruits and vegetables, up to $40 monthly for 1-2 people. 

Currently registered HIP Participating Farmers Markets
 
North of Boston
HIP Mobile Market Stop  
Home delivery - Peabody
Peabody MA
(978) 873-3066   jamie@northofboston.farm  
 
Free Home Delivery: Every Week, Year-Round

Ordering is open Tuesday - Friday.  

To see what's available, and to submit an order, click here. We offer fresh, seasonal vegetables and fruits, pastured pork, grass-fed beef, organic chicken, fresh eggs & more.