Baker administration urges COVID boosters for all fully vaccinated individuals ages 18+

All Massachusetts residents aged 18 and over are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster six months after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or two months after receiving a Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine.

BOSTON — The administration of Gov. Charlie Baker today announced that, effective immediately, all Massachusetts residents aged 18 and over are eligible to get a COVID-19 booster six months after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or two months after receiving a Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine, Baker said in a written statement.

Massachusetts residents can access booster doses from more than 1,000 locations, with appointments now available for booking across the state. Recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now allow for mixing and matching of different COVID-19 booster doses, and eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster. The administration recommends that residents with questions about which booster is right for them should ask their healthcare provider for advice.

How to Get a Booster

Visit the Vaxfinder tool at vaxfinder.mass.gov for a full list of locations from which to receive a booster. Residents are able to narrow search results to find locations offering boosters. Many locations will be booking out appointments weeks in advance.

For individuals who are unable to use Vaxfinder, or have difficulty accessing the internet, the COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Line is open Monday–Friday from 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Call 2-1-1 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.

Baker says vaccines are widely available across the state and that getting vaccinated remains the most important measure individuals can take to protect themselves, their families, and their community.

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 frequently asked questions, can be found at mass.gov/COVID19booster.

Massachusetts leads the nation in vaccination rates, with over 94 percent of adults having received at least one dose, and more than 81 percent of the total population fully vaccinated, or in excess of 4.8 million individuals. More than 800,000 Massachusetts residents have received a COVID booster.