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COVID-19 vaccine in Boston

The COVID-19 vaccine is an important and effective tool to keep ourselves and our communities safe. Along with getting tested, wearing masks, social distancing, and frequent handwashing, the vaccine will help us end the COVID-19 pandemic.

Update: The updated COVID-19 boosters that provide protection against the Omicron variant are available in Massachusetts. Anyone 12 or older who completed a primary COVID-19 vaccination series OR received a booster dose at least two months ago should get the updated booster. You can learn more about BPHC’s recommendations and find vaccine clinics in Boston on this page.   

Important Vaccine Information

The COVID-19 pandemic has unfairly affected Boston's Black, Latinx, immigrant and other communities of color. Systemic racism, including in healthcare and vaccine development, also contributes to concerns and mistrust of the COVID-19 vaccine. We're committed to making information available in multiple languages, through multiple methods, and on an ongoing basis. Our goal is to help our residents make informed decisions.

  • COVID-19 vaccinations have been approved for people ages 6 months and up.
  • COVID-19 boosters are now available for ages 5 and up. 

Learn about the vaccination schedule for you.

Find a vaccine or Booster 

Recommendations and Information

Recommendations and Info
  • Everyone ages 6 months and older should be vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Everyone 5 and older should stay up-to-date with their COVID vaccines by getting boosted when eligible.
  • COVID-19 vaccines offer the best protection against becoming seriously ill, being hospitalized or dying from COVID-19.
  • Staying up to date on your vaccines is essential. People are best protected against infection, severe illness, hospitalization and death when they get their booster shots. 

For more information about COVID-19 vaccine recommendations for people who are moderately or severely immunocompromised please visit the CDC's website

More Vaccination Recommendations 

What is the updated COVID-19 vaccine bivalent booster?

On September 1, the CDC announced updated recommendations for COVID-19 boosters for people age 12 and up. The updated booster dose is a bivalent formula. It can restore immunity for the original strains of COVID-19 and provide broader protection against newer Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 variants. Pfizer-BioNTech’s updated bivalent booster shot is authorized for individuals 12 and older. Moderna’s bivalent booster dose is authorized for adults 18 and older.

The monovalent vaccines and boosters that have been available previously are based on the original strains of the COVID-19 virus.

Who is eligible for a COVID-19 booster?

The CDC recommends that everyone stay up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccinations by getting all primary series doses and boosters for their age group. You are only eligible for a COVID-19 bivalent booster if:

  • You are 12 years or older
  • You received a primary series with any COVID-19 vaccine
  • It has been least 2 months since the last dose of your primary vaccine series or your last booster dose.

Children ages 5-11 years who received a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine primary series are only eligible for the monovalent Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine booster dose, at least 5 months after their last primary series dose.

Who is not eligible for any COVID-19 booster?

Those who are not currently eligible for any booster dose according to CDC guidance include:

  • children ages 6 − 11 years who received Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine primary series, and
  • children ages 4 years and younger.
COVID-19 Booster Vaccines for Children and Adults

Age 

Booster Recommendation

6 months – 4 years old 

None authorized 

5 – 11 years old 

Pfizer-BioNTech Monovalent Vaccine, only authorized for people who received the Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, 5 months after the last dose of primary series

12-17 years

Pfizer-BioNTech Bivalent Vaccine

18 and older

Moderna OR Pfizer-BioNTech Bivalent Vaccine

  • Vaccines for children are safe, free, and effective.
  • Everyone ages 6 months and older should be vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Vaccination protects you and your child from becoming very ill, being hospitalized, or dying from COVID-19.
  • The vaccines have gone through the most intensive safety monitoring in US history and are safe and effective for adults and children. Since its authorization, millions of children ages 5 and up have safely received the vaccine. 
  • The vaccine is free. No insurance or ID is required. Immigration status will not be and is never a requirement for BPHC sponsored services. 

Parents can find clinics and make appointments at the state's Vax Finder website. Parents who prefer to have their child vaccinated by their pediatrician should call their provider's office directly.

Map of vaccine sites in Boston

Walk-in clinics of the day

Visit these sites to get your primary or secondary dose, booster dose, or pediatric vaccine.

Monday,  September 26

Dowling Building Ground Floor, 850 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118

  • 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Harvard Street at Prince Hall, 24 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02121

  • 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Vaccines for ages 6 months and older)

Tufts Medical Center, 276 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111

  • 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Tuesday,  September 27

Bruce Bolling Building, 2303 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02119

  • 12 - 8 p.m.

Community Health Hub at Towns Field, 1565 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02122

  • 4 - 6 p.m.

Dowling Building Ground Floor, 850 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118

  • 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wednesday, September 28

Dowling Building Ground Floor, 850 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118

  • 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Bruce Bolling Building, 2303 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02119

  • 12 - 8 p.m.

Harbor Point by the Bay Complex, 24 Oyster Bay Road, Boston, MA 02125

  • 4 - 8 p.m.

List of Boston vaccine sites

List of sites

Site Schedules may vary or change due to holidays and unforeseen circumstances, we recommend contacting these sites to confirm availability before showing up. One-day sites open to all residents ages 5 and older unless otherwise specified.

Location Vaccine information Days of Operation

Harbor Point by the Bay

24 Oyster Road, Dorchester MA, 02125

Walk-ins only! No appointment needed! Offering vaccines for those 6 months and older.

September 28 and October 26, from 4 - 8 p.m.

Helen Davis Leadership Academy

23 Leonard Street, Boston MA, 02122

Walk-ins only! No appointment needed! Offering vaccines for those 6 months and older.

September 30 and October 28, from 1 - 4:30 p.m.

Nurtury

38 Horadan Way, Roxbury MA, 02120

Walk-ins only! No appointment needed! Offering vaccines for those 6 months and older.

October 1, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Mayor's Office for Immigrant Advancement - Back to School

City Hall, Boston MA

Walk-ins only! No appointment needed! Offering vaccines for those 6 months and older.

October 1, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Community Health Hub at Towns Field

1565 Dorchester Street, Boston MA, 02118

Walk-ins only! No appointment needed! Offering vaccines for those 6 months and older.

October 4, 11, 18 and 25, from 4 - 6 p.m.

Boston Missionary Baptist Community Center

336 Dudley Street, Roxbury MA, 02119

Walk-ins only! No appointment needed! Offering vaccines for ages 6 months and up.

October 7, and November 4, 11, 18, 25, and December 2, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Community Resource and Job Fair BCYF Holland

85 Olney Street, Dorchester MA, 02121

Walk-ins only! No appointment needed! Offering vaccines for those 6 months and older.

October 8, from 12 - 3 p.m.

Brazilian Women's group

697 Cambridge Street, Suite 106, Brighton MA, 02135

Walk-ins only! No appointment needed! Offering vaccines for those 6 months and older.

October 8, and 22, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

November 5 and 19, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

December 3 and 17, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Boston Adult Academy

20 Church Street, Boston MA, 02126

Walk-ins only! No appointment needed! Offering vaccines for ages 6 months and up.

October 13 and November 14, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Charlestown Boys and Girls Club

15 Green Street, Charlestown MA, 02129

Walk-ins only! No appointment needed! Offering vaccines for ages 6 months and up.

October 20, from 2 - 6 p.m.

3rd Annual Deatrich Wise Block Party at Mattapan Teen Center

Hazelton Street Between Blue Hill Ave. and Fottler Street, Mattapan MA, 02126

Walk-ins only! No appointment needed! Offering vaccines for those 6 months and older.

October 22 from 12 - 4 p.m.

Fenway High School

67 Allegheny Street, Roxbury MA, 02120

Walk-ins only! No appointment needed! Offering vaccines for ages 6 months and up.

October 27, from 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Site schedules may vary or change due to holidays or unforeseen circumstances, we recommend calling these sites to confirm availability before showing up.

Location Vaccine information Days of Operation

Bruce Bolling Building - Ground Level

2302 Washington Street, Roxbury MA 02119

Located on the ground level, walk-ins only

Tuesday through Saturday, from 12 - 8 p.m.

Charlestown - NEW Health

15 Tufts Street, Charlestown MA 02129

To register for the vaccine call 857-238-1141

Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Codman Square Health Center

637 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA 02124

Registration only, call 617-822-8271! All Boston residents ages 5 and up.

Monday through Friday, 1 - 4:20 p.m.

CVS Locations

Various

All eligible priority groups can get the vaccine. Schedule an appointment at CVS. Varies

The Dimock Center

30 Dimock Street, Roxbury, MA 02119

All Boston residents ages 12 and up can get the vaccine. Clinic located in the basement

Please call 617-442-8800 (x2025) to schedule your appointment. Spanish-speaking operators are available.

Mondays and Wednesdays, from 1 - 4:30 p.m.

DotHouse Health

1353 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02122

Walk-ins welcome! Now offering vaccines for people 6 months and older.

 

Mondays, Tuesday, Thursday, Fridays, from 8:30 - 4 p.m.

Wednesdays, from 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Saturdays, from 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Dowling Building Ground Floor

850 Harrison Ave, South End, MA 02118

All Boston residents can get the vaccine Walk-ins available Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Schedule a Dowling Building appointment.

Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

East Boston Neighborhood Health Center 

75 Paris Street, East Boston, MA 02128

All Boston residents can get the vaccine. An appointment is required. Call 617-568-4500 or schedule an appointment online

Mondays and Tuesdays, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. and 1 - 7:45 p.m.

Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. and 1 - 4:30 p.m.

Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Fenway Health 

142 Berkley Street, South End, MA 02116

All Boston residents can get the vaccine. Check for Fenway Health appointments.

Varies

Fenway Health 

1340 Boylston Street, Fenway, MA 02215

All Boston residents 18+ can get the vaccine. Check for Fenway Health appointments.

Varies

Galaxy Pharmacy

543 Dorchester Ave, South Boston, 02127

All eligible priority groups can get the vaccine. To schedule an appointment call: 617-268-0800 Varies

Gary Drug Company

59 Charles Street, Downtown, 02114

Registration encouraged, walk-ins available. Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Greater Roslindale Medical and Dental Center

4199 Washington Street, Roslindale, MA 02131

Please call 617-323-4440 to schedule your appointment. All Boston residents ages 5 and up are eligible.

By appointment Monday - Friday, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Walk-ins welcome
Wednesdays, from 5 - 7 p.m.

Harvard Street at Prince Hall 

24 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA 02121

Call the COVID team line at 617-245-8206 for an appointment. Walk-ins also welcome.

Offering Pfizer for 6 months and older on Tuesdays and Saturdays only

Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays,Fridays, and Saturdays,
from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Tuesdays, from 12 - 7 p.m.

Hyde Park YMCA

1137 River Street, Hyde Park, MA 02136

Walk-ins welcome! All Boston residents ages 5 and up.

Fridays, 8 - 11 a.m.

Immigrant Family Services Institute

1626 Blue Hill Ave, Mattapan, MA 02126

Walk-ins only! No appointment needed! 

Friday, from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and 3 - 7 p.m.

MAC 

9 Palmer Street, Roxbury, MA 02119

Walk-ins accepted, registration encouraged  

Call 614-422-1622 to make an appointment

Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Mattapan Community Health Center

1575 Blue Hill Ave, Mattapan MA 02126

No appointment needed

Mondays through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. and 3 - 4 p.m.

Melnea Cass Recreation Complex

120 Martin Luther King Blvd., Boston MA 02118

Visit the state's website for more information

Thursdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

North End Waterfront Health - NEW Health

332 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113

To register for the vaccine call 857-238-1141

Wednesdays, 9 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Osco Locations

Varies

Schedule an appointment online. Varies, call locations to confirm.

South Boston Community Health Center

409 W Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127

If you are a patient and would like to be vaccinated, please request a vaccine appointment through your MyChart or call 617-826-1150.

If you are not a SBCHC patient and are eligible for the vaccine, you can schedule an appointment through our online portal. SBCHC is vaccinating anyone 5 and up! Walk-ins welcome!

Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

South End Community Health Center

1601 Washington Street, South End, MA 02118

By appointment only! To schedule an appointment, visit the South End Health Center website or call 617-568-4500

Monday though Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Sullivan's Pharmacy and Medical Supply Inc

1 Corinth Street, Roslindale, 02131

Check our website for hours and appointments. Varies

Tufts Medical Center

276 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111

Walk-ins welcome! 

Ages 6 months and up! 

Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Upham's Corner Health Center

415 Columbia Road, Dorchester, MA 02125

All eligible Boston residents can get the vaccine. Vaccination is by appointment only!

Register online

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3 - 5:30 p.m.

Fridays, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Vinh's Brothers Pharmacy

1365-1377 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, 02122

Call to confirm 617-282-9800. Varies

Walgreens Locations

Varies

All eligible priority groups can get the vaccine. Check availability or schedule an appointment online. Varies

Whittier Street Health Center - Main Site

1290 Tremont Street, Roxbury MA 02119

Appointment required. Register on our website.

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Family Medicine) and 5 - 8 p.m. (Pediatrics)

Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Location Vaccine information Days of operation

Jamaica Plain VA Medical Center

150 S Huntington Avenue, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Available to all veterans enrolled in the Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system.

Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

West Roxbury VA Medical Center

1400 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury, MA 02132

Available to all veterans enrolled in the Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system.

Fridays, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Help for seniors

Need help booking an appointment?

Older Boston residents that are interested in the COVID vaccine and who need help with online registration or transportation should call 3-1-1 for help. Ask to be connected to the Age Strong Commission for vaccine assistance. Eligible Massachusetts residents can also call 2-1-1 if they need help for registration.

For medical professionals

If you are a medical professional and want to volunteer to administer the vaccine, visit the Boston Medical Reserve Corps website. Email volunteer@bphc.org for more information.

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