Covid Vaccine Update

The Massachusetts vaccine rollout is moving right along. Over 2 million residents are fully vaccinated! But we have more work to do.

People age 16 + who live, work, or study in Massachusetts can now be vaccinated. Due to limited vaccine supply, it could take some time for all newly eligible individuals to secure an available appointment.

Vaccine Booster? We’ve received a few questions asking if fully vaccinated individuals will need a booster, either because of waning immunity from the first series of shots or because of the circulating variants. According to the CDC, “the need for and timing for COVID-19 booster doses have not been established. No additional doses are recommended at this time.”

As part of their clinical trials, the vaccine manufacturers are tracking levels of circulating antibodies in some of their vaccine recipients. They are also evaluating the safety and effectiveness of a third dose (a booster) to “understand the effect of the booster on immunity against COVID-19 caused by the circulating and potential newly emerging SARS-CoV2 variants.” Pfizer and Moderna are both currently enrolling participants from their original vaccine trial and offering them the opportunity to receive a booster 6 to 12 months after their initial regimen.  These preliminary studies may be nearing completion but there are not currently any recommendations for individuals to receive a booster. The main goal for now is still to get a shot into every arm!

Please visit COVID-19 Vaccine Finder to search for vaccination sites nearby by entering ZIP code, city, or town name. Individuals can also filter vaccination location results by site type, differentiating mass vaccination locations and those run by local health departments, retail pharmacies, or health care institutions. You can also schedule an appointment by calling 2-1-1.

We all have to continue to work together to stop the spread of Covid-19. Wear a mask, wash your hands, and continue to social distance when appropriate.  As always, if you have any questions about scheduling the vaccine, eligibility, distribution locations, etc, please visit www.mass.gov/covidvaccine.

 

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