All Mass. residents 18+ eligible to receive COVID-19 booster

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BOSTON (WPRI) — The Baker-Polito administration announced Thursday effective immediately, all Massachusetts residents ages 18 and older are now eligible to get a COVID-19 booster shot.

People can get the additional shot six months after their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two months after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Appointments are now available on vaxfinder.mass.gov at more than 1,000 locations across the Commonwealth.

Those having trouble using VaxFinder or accessing the internet can call 211 for the COVID-19 resource line from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends.

CDC guidelines allow for mixing and matching with the booster doses, meaning people can choose which vaccine they receive, no matter which one they started with.

The Baker-Polito administration recommends anyone with questions about which booster is right for them to contact their health care provider.

Data shows Massachusetts leads the nation in vaccine administration, with more than 94% of adults having received at least one dose and 81% of the total population fully vaccinated. More than 800,000 residents have received a booster shot, according to the Department of Public Health.

Tuesday, the director of the R.I. Department of Health made similar comments, broadening access to booster shots.

“With all of us moving indoors, and with higher levels of transmission here in Rhode Island, most people 18 to 64 and older find themselves at some higher risk of exposure. That means you can get a booster dose,” Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott said.

The CDC notes anything higher than 100 total new cases per 100,000 persons in a seven day period means transmission is high. Rhode Island has been in that category for weeks, and Massachusetts also has high transmission.

As of late Thursday afternoon, CDC guidance said people 65 and older, people 18 and older in long-term care settings, people 18 and older who have underlying medical conditions, and people 18 and older who live or work in high-risk settings are recommended to get an additional dose of the vaccine.

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