All Massachusetts adults now eligible for COVID booster shot

BOSTON (AP) — All adults in Massachusetts are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration announced Thursday.

Residents aged 18 and over will be able to get a booster from any federally approved vaccination.

State health officials recommend people get an additional shot six months after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or two months since receiving a Johnson & Johnson single dose vaccine.

Residents may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said people can safely take a booster dose different from their original vaccination.

The booster shots are available in more than 1,000 locations across the state. A full list of locations can be found at the state’s Vaxfinder tool.

State health officials say residents don’t need to provide identification, health insurance documents or their vaccine card to receive a booster.

Massachusetts leads the nation in vaccine administration.

More than 83% of residents have received at least one dose and more than 70% of residents fully vaccinated, according to CDC data. State officials say more than 800,000 residents have received a COVID booster.

Massachusetts is averaging about 2,144 new COVID-19 cases per day, up from about 1,287 daily two weeks ago.

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