COVID-19: Know the Facts, Find the Truth
The Boston Public Health Commission is here to help answer your frequently asked questions (FAQs) about COVID-19, getting vaccinated, and keeping your family safe.
The Bruce C. Bolling Building and City Hall will begin providing the updated COVID-19 vaccines on November 1, 2023. Flu vaccinations are also available. Vaccines are free and available at both sites. No insurance needed. Visit the COVID-19 Vaccine page for vaccination site locations and operating hours. Visit the Covid-19 in Boston page for more on BPHC’s recommendations or learn more about COVID-19 vaccines below.
Dr. Bisola Ojikutu
Dr. Sari Sanchez
Medico de Salud Publica
Dr. Natalie Joseph
COVID is Complicated/COVID Es Complicado
The Basics: Why Get Vaccinated?
Why should I get vaccinated?
The COVID-19 vaccine is an important and effective tool to keep ourselves and our communities safe.
COVID-19 vaccines offer the best protection against becoming seriously ill, being hospitalized or dying from COVID-19. Even though COVID-19 can be mild, lasting health problems from the disease (known as “Long COVID”) can occur. That's why everyone ages 6 months and older should get vaccinated.
Why should I vaccinate my child?
The COVID-19 vaccine helps keep your family safe and healthy.
Even though COVID-19 is usually milder in children, some children can get very sick or develop lasting health problems. Children can also spread the virus to family members who are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccine protects your child getting very sick and helps prevent serious short- and long-term complications of COVID-19. Not only that, vaccinating your child can help keep them in childcare and school, and makes it safer for them to enjoy the activities they love.
The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective for adults and children, but it's normal to have more questions. Read our frequently asked questions (FAQs) below to get the information you need to make the decision that is right for you.
FAQ: COVID-19 and KidsCOVID-19 and Kids
Common Side Effects in Children 3 Years and Younger:
- Pain where the shot was give
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Irritability or crying
- Loss of appetite
Common Side Effects in Children 4 Years and Older:
- Pain, swelling, and redness in the arm where the shot was give
Muscle or joint pain
Swollen lymph nodes
FAQ: Getting Your Child VaccinatedVaccinations for Children
Get Your COVID-19 Vaccination
Ready to get vaccinated? Walk-in clinics are open across Boston every day. Contact sites to confirm availability before showing up.