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COVID-19 Booster Shots Recommended for All Who Are Eligible, Especially Important for Seniors (65+)

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Individuals who received their vaccine during the early months of vaccine distribution may be experiencing waning effects of immunity. Boosters are the best way to stay safe and prevent hospitalization from COVID-19 if an individual received the initial vaccine series at least 6 months ago for the Pfizer and Moderna or at least 2 months ago for Johnson & Johnson Janssen.

Although boosters are especially important for seniors, many Massachusetts residents age 65 and older who are eligible for a booster have not yet received one. It is strongly recommended that all eligible individuals schedule an appointment for a booster as soon as possible if they have not gotten one already. Massachusetts residents can access booster doses from more than 1,000 locations, with appointments available now across the Commonwealth. CDC recommendations allow for mixing and matching of different COVID-19 booster doses, and individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose.

Residents with questions about which booster is right for them should consult their health care provider.

To schedule an appointment:

  1. Visit the Vax Finder tool at vaxfinder.mass.gov for a full list of locations offering boosters.
  2. For individuals who are unable to use Vaxfinder, or who have difficulty accessing the internet, the COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Line can help schedule appointments. Call 2-1-1 and follow the prompts for assistance (Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday 9AM-2PM). The COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Line is available in English and Spanish and has translators available in approximately 100 additional languages.

Vaccines are widely available across the Commonwealth and are the best way to keep everyone safe, especially heading into the holiday season. COVID-19 boosters are safe, effective, and free. Individuals do not need an ID or health insurance to access a booster, and do not need to show a vaccine card. Additional information on the COVID-booster, including FAQs, can be found at www.mass.gov/COVID19booster.

Page was posted on 11/22/2021 3:09 PM
Page was last modified on 7/25/2023 12:31 AM
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