Mass. DPH: Get your COVID-19 Booster

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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health: Get your COVID 19 Booster

(Visual description) Dr. Estevan Garcia, a Latino male, stands in front of a royal blue swirled backdrop. He has short brown/ greying hair and is wearing a blue dress shirt and suit pants with a long, white medical lab coat and brown plastic glasses. He is standing next to a white, female interpreter with brown hair pulled back in a ponytail, wearing a black long-sleeved shirt and gray slacks.

Dr. Garcia:
Hello! I’m Dr. Estevan Garcia, Chief Medical Officer for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. I’m here to share some important information regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

Massachusetts is a leader in COVID-19 vaccinations because of residents like you! Over 3 million residents of the Commonwealth have received booster shots to date, and almost 600,000 have received a second booster dose. We are grateful that our residents have stepped up to protect themselves, their families and their communities from COVID infection.

But our work is not yet done. There are still 3.2 million Massachusetts residents eligible for either their first or second booster dose who have not yet received it.

As a physician, I can tell you that staying up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations is the most effective way to lower your risk of getting very sick and protect against emerging variants. While vaccine protection decreases over time, boosters stimulate the immune system and increase vaccine efficacy again.

We recommend that everyone who qualifies for a booster dose get it NOW. This includes all individuals age 5 and older who have received their primary series.

And if you are age 50 and older, or 12 and older with underlying medical conditions, you are eligible for a second booster 4 months after the first booster dose.

So don’t wait. I encourage you get the COVID booster as soon as you are eligible. And if you still haven’t received your first dose of vaccine, do it today by finding a location at

You can learn more on our Department of Public Health website at

Thank you for your attention and for doing your part to keep our families and communities protected from COVID-19.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health: Get your COVID 19 Booster


Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for a qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information.


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