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How to Prevent COVID-19:

BPHC recommends everyone ages 5 and older be vaccinated against COVID-19. Everyone aged 12 and older should stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines by getting boosted when eligible. For more information on vaccines, click here
Free vaccine and booster clinics, with walk-in and by-appointment options can be found here

Know When to Wear a Masks:

BPHC strongly recommends wearing a mask while indoors, including when using public transportation, in government buildings, and in crowded indoor venues. Wear a well-fitting mask to minimize your likelihood of contracting and spreading the virus. 
Masking is especially important for those who are at higher risk for severe illness, such as people who are not fully vaccinated, seniors, and those who are immunocompromised.  

Also consider wearing a mask around those who may be at high risk for severe COVID-19, especially if you may have been exposed to COVID-19 recently. 

Get Tested:

Testing helps you protect yourself and others. Get tested for COVID-19:

  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, 
  • Before attending large gatherings,
  • If you recently attended large gatherings,
  • If you travelled recently, 
  • If you were recently exposed to COVID-19, or 
  • If you are spending time with others who are at high risk for severe COVID-19 disease.  
For more information about where to find free walk-in testing sites by visiting more information on testing, click here.  

To order free at home COVID-19 tests from the Federal Government, click here:

Gather Outdoors or have Good Indoor Ventilation:

When weather and conditions allow, and when safe to do so, increase fresh outdoor air by opening windows and doors. This is especially important for businesses and houses of worship that expect to serve a higher number of patrons.


Stay Home if You Are Sick:

If you're feeling sick, please stay home and isolate to prevent further spread to those around you. Get tested, and if you test positive, call your doctor right away. 

Early treatments that prevent severe illness and hospitalization may be an option for you: 
  • Call (508) 213-1380 to speak with a Gothams representative. 
  • If you're eligible for COVID-19 treatment, they can schedule an infusion appointment for you at one of their 7 sites in Massachusetts. 
  • Gothams COVID-19 Self-Referral Treatment Line is open Monday–Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
In addition, you may qualify for in home treatment:
  • Visit to learn more about eligibility.
  • Telehealth is available for individuals 18 or older living in Massachusetts who are positive for COVID-19 and are experiencing symptoms. Learn more at
    • Telehealth is a quick and easy way to see if Paxlovid, a COVID-19 treatment pill taken, is right for you. If it is, pickup at your local pharmacy or free overnight delivery will be arranged.

View a map of all locations offering antiviral pills and monoclonal antibody treatment: MAP

Questions about what to do if you test positive? Click here!

Learn more about COVID-19 treatment here.

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Call 311 or 211

Call the Mayor's Healthline: 

617-534-5050 or Toll-Free: 1-800-847-0710

*Please do not call 911 unless it is an emergency *

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