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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 6 months and older be vaccinated against COVID-19 

Everyone ages 5 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.

  • 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
View our COVID-19 Vaccination Schedules to learn how to stay up-to-date on your vaccinations. 

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Pediatric Vaccine Information:

Please note that the pediatric FAQ does not yet include the new recommendations for COVID-19 Vaccines for Children 6 months through age 4.  Please see CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations for Children and Teens for the current information.

Where can I find additional resources about the COVID-19 vaccine?

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine from the State of Massachusetts

Visit the Centers for Disease Control - Vaccines

Find federal information on COVID-19 vaccines

If you have any additional questions, email us at

Boston Public Health Commission
1010 Massachusetts Ave, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02118.
Phone:(617) 534-5395 Email: