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The COVID-19 vaccine is a key tool, with mask wearing, social distancing and frequent handwashing to keeping ourselves and our communities safe and ending the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has unfairly affected Boston's Black and other People of Color, Latinx and immigrant communities. And systemic racism including in health care and vaccine development contribute to concerns and mistrust of the COVID-19 vaccine. BPHC is committed to making information available in multiple languages, through multiple methods and on an ongoing basis to help our residents make informed decisions.

BPHC Vaccine Recommendations:

BPHC recommends everyone ages 5 and older be vaccinated against COVID-19 

Everyone ages 12 and older should stay up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccines by getting boosted when eligible. 

COVID-19 vaccines offer the best protection against becoming seriously ill, being hospitalized, and even dying from COVID-19.

Staying up to date on your vaccines is essential. People are best protected against infection, severe illness, hospitalization or death from COVID-19 when they get their booster shots.

BPHC recommends everyone ages 12 years and older receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster after completing their primary COVID-19 vaccination series. Some people can receive two boosters.

If you are 50 years and older you should receive a 2nd booster four months after your first booster shot.

People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should receive a 2nd booster, four months after their first booster shot

If you received J&J vaccine and are not immunocompromised, you should receive a 2nd booster shot at least 4 months after your first booster shot 

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine recommendations for people who are moderately or severely immunocompromised by visiting:

Do you need a vaccine, first or second COVID-19 booster? View our COVID-19 Vaccination Schedules to learn how to stay up-to-date on your vaccinations. 

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COVID-19 Vaccination & Booster Clinics 

View this week's (May 23-May 29) Walk-In COVID-19 vaccine and testing sites here.

Looking for COVID-19 testing sites? Find this week's testing site calendar on our COVID-19 Testing page

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Pediatric Vaccine Information:
  • Vaccines for children are safe, free and effective.

  • Vaccination protects you and your child from becoming very sick, being hospitalized, or dying from COVID-19.
  • The COVID-19 vaccines have gone through the most intensive safety monitoring in US history and are safe and effective for adults and children.  Since being authorized, millions of children ages 5 and older have safely received the vaccine.
  • The vaccine is free. No insurance or ID is required. Immigration status will not be asked and is never a requirement for BPHC sponsored services, including COVID-19 vaccination. 

  • For more information, read our Pediatric Vaccine FAQ in English or in other languages:
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