Vaccine and Booster Information
Date of Record: September 1, 2022
As of September 1, 2022, updated Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 boosters are now authorized by the FDA and recommended by the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2022/s0901-covid-19-booster.html. These updated boosters will be available in MA starting the week of September 5th.
Please visit mass.gov for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
1. What are the updated boosters? The new COVID-19 booster vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer are updated versions of the original vaccines. The updated boosters were recently authorized by the FDA and recommended by the CDC.
2. Who should get the new booster? Anyone age 12 or older who completed a primary COVID-19 vaccination series or received a booster dose at least two months ago should get the updated booster as soon as possible.
3. Why do I need a booster? Staying up to date on vaccines, including boosters, is the most effective way to prevent serious illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. While vaccine protection decreases over time, boosters restimulate the immune system and increase vaccine efficacy again. Boosters are an important defense, even if you’ve already had COVID.
4. When and where can I get a booster? Updated boosters will be available in Massachusetts starting the week of September 5, 2022. You can get a booster at many locations across the Commonwealth, including where you received previous vaccines. Locations include doctor’s offices, hospitals, pharmacies, and community health clinics.
5. Where can I get more information? You can visit www.mass.gov/covidbooster for the latest information.
Update as of 06/21/22 at 5:09 p.m.
Following authorization from the FDA and recommendation from the CDC, children over the age of 6 months are now eligible to receive their vaccine.
However, due to the time needed to receive the vaccine doses and train staff accordingly, vaccines will NOT be available this week for individuals under 5 years old at clinics run by the City of Worcester or UMass Memorial Health. We will continue to post updates and greatly appreciate your patience. Please feel free to reach out to your child’s pediatrician about potential vaccination in the meantime.
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