Governor Baker Approves COVID Booster Shots For All Residents Over 18

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Adults in Massachusetts can now get their COVID booster shots, regardless of whether or not they're considered high risk.

Governor Baker announced Thursday all residents over the age of 18 are now eligible to get a COVID booster shot. Residents are eligible for a booster after at least six months after receiving their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer Vaccine, or two months since getting the single shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Massachusetts is the latest state to authorize booster shots for all adults. Other states that have approved boosters for anyone over 18 include New England states Vermont and Maine along with California, Kansas, West Virginia, Arkansas, and Colorado.

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The FDA has not yet signed off on the Pfizer booster shot for everyone over the age of 18 but is expected to approve it sometime this week. The CDC has also not met yet to approve the boosters either.

Residents can get their booster shots at over 1,000 locations across the state and can locate a vaccination clinic near them using the state's Vaxfinder site, according to a statement from the Governor.

Those getting their shots will also be allowed to "mix and match" and get a different booster shot than the one they initially received.

Massachusetts reportedly leads the U.S. in vaccine administration, with 94 percent of adults having at least one dose of a COVID vaccine and 81 percent of the population being fully vaccinated. Over 800,000 residents have already received a booster, according to the statement.

WBZ's Drew Moholland (@DrewWBZ) reports.

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