Covid Vaccine Update
We are lucky to live in Massachusetts. We lead the nation in vaccine uptake. About 76.1% of Massachusetts residents are fully vaccinated and more than 94% of residents have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Good news is- vaccinations are now available to anyone over the age of 5 who wants one. The state and regional vaccine programs continue to offer mobile and pop-up clinics, as well as reaching out to residents who may be homebound. Pfizer vaccines for children ages 5-11 can be obtained through some pediatric providers, as well as some sites like Walgreens and CVS that will accommodate pediatric patients.
Some communities still show higher levels of infection, despite our terrific vaccination rates, so we clearly have more work to do. Non-severe breakthrough Covid infections do still happen in vaccinated people. Bottom line is- mask use indoors and vaccination against COVID-19 remains very effective in preventing severe illness and hospitalization from Covid. The data is very clear – people who are hospitalized with Covid-19 requiring ICU care are 99.9% UNvaccinated people. Please consider getting vaccinated/boosted as soon as possible if you have not already done so. Also, consider lessening exposure risk by wearing masks if you plan to be in crowded indoor spaces.
Who should get a booster?
You may get a booster if you are 12 years and older and have completed your initial doses of vaccine (2 doses for most, and 3 for immunocompromised individuals).The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more information about boosters here.
When should I get a booster?
- For Pfizer or Moderna vaccines: 5 months after receiving the second dose
- For the Johnson & Johnson vaccine: 2 months after receiving a single dose of the vaccine.
Which vaccine should I get for my booster? Can I "mix and match"?
Patients may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may want to get the vaccine they originally received. Others may prefer to get a different booster. The CDC's guidelines allow for this type of "mix and match" dosing for booster shots.
Where can I get an appointment for a vaccine?
Patients in Massachusetts can search on vaxfinder.mass.gov.
Please visit COVID-19 Vaccine Finder to search for vaccination sites nearby by entering ZIP code, city, or town name. And if you are still unsure whether you should get vaccinated? Listen to our physicians explain why it's important.