COVID-19 Massachusetts Booster Vaccine Information & Resources

Posted on October 21, 2021

Novel Coronavirus COVID-19

COVID-19 Booster shots are now available.

Individuals can check their COVID-19 booster eligibility by manufacturer and criteria.  As more information becomes available on booster vaccines for individuals who have received either the Moderna or Johnson and Johnson vaccine, Massachusetts will provide updated information at the above listed website.

The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and getting vaccinated remains the best way to protect yourself and your loved onesThe Baker-Polito Administration has been working with pharmacies, local boards of health, and other health care providers, to ensure eligible residents will be able to access the Pfizer booster vaccines at hundreds of locations across the Commonwealth.  If you have questions about whether getting the booster is right for you, we encourage you to contact your healthcare provider.

To view information on COVID-19 booster recommendations from the CDC, please click here.

Massachusetts residents will be able to receive COVID-19 booster doses from more than 460 locations, including over 450 retail pharmacies, with some appointments available now for booking. Additional appointments are expected to come online in the coming days.  Additionally, the Administration is finalizing plans with other health care providers, including some Regional Collaboratives and local boards of health and mobile providers for Massachusetts residents to receive their Pfizer COVID-19 booster.  These sites are expected to open in October.

If you are eligible, these steps will guide you to find a location for getting a COVID-19 booster:

  1. Go to the Massachusetts COVID-19 Vaxfinder for a full list of hundreds of locations to receive a booster.  You can narrow the results to search for locations that are offering boosters, with some appointments available now.  Additional appointments are will come online in the coming days.  Many locations are booking appointments weeks in advance.
  2. For individuals who are unable to use Vaxfinder, or have difficulty accessing the internet, call the COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Line (Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday 9AM-2PM) at 211 and follow the prompts for assistance.  The COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Line is available in English and Spanish and has translators available in approximately 100 additional languages.

To protect the health and safety of all long-term care residents from COVID-19, all Massachusetts long term care facilities, including the two Soldiers’ Homes have been prioritized for Pfizer booster shots.  The Department of Public Health has been working with long-term care facilities and their pharmacy partners to ensure residents and staff receive COVID-19 booster doses onsite.

Vaccines are widely available across the Commonwealth. Getting vaccinated remains the most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves, their families, and their community. Fully vaccinated residents should receive a COVID-19 booster shot when they are eligible and as vaccines are authorized by the CDC.

The COVID-19 booster is 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 when getting a booster.  Additional information on the COVID-booster, including FAQs, can be found at Massachusetts COVID-19 vaccination FAQs

The information on this page is updated as Massachusetts information changes.  Check back regularly to see updated information.

For a complete list of COVID-19 updates go to  COVID-19 postings in Town News & Announcements.

To go to the COVID-19 Alerts information page click here COVID-19 Alerts information page.

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