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Free, Improved COVID Booster Available Now

Emily Weir | Published on 9/15/2022


Here’s How to Get Yours.

 

A new COVID booster was authorized by the CDC for everyone over the age of 12. This bivalent vaccine provides better protection than previous versions against the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron variants.

 

The booster is free and offered by appointment only at local pharmacies, the Northampton Department of Health, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

 

This booster is highly recommended for those over 65 and immunocompromised individuals. The CDC recommends that people wait for two months after their last booster or after completing the original series of COVID vaccines.

 

If you recently had COVID, you must wait at least 10 days after quarantine. Many experts recommend waiting three months after recovery. Check with your provider.

 

While the booster will not prevent you from getting COVID, it will reduce the chance of getting a severe case that could lead to hospitalization or even death. This booster—along with masking when you are indoors in public spaces, and practicing good hygiene—is the best way to protect yourself and those around you.

 

Here’s how to make an appointment for a COVID booster.

 

From the City of Northampton (10/28/2022 update)
The City is no longer offering regular clinics, but may offer pop-up clinics based on need. 
Contact the Health Commissioner at 413-587-1214 to learn more.
Please check back here for information about pop-up clinics.

  • Schedule an appointment online (for all COVID vaccines, for all ages).
  • For all COVID vaccine home visit appointments, schedule online here.
  • If you cannot schedule online, call the Department of Health and Human Services vaccine line at 413-587-1314.

From the Commonwealth

  • For all COVID vaccine appointments (all ages), schedule online here.  If you cannot schedule online, call 877-211-6277.
  • For all COVID vaccine home visit appointments, schedule online here. If you cannot schedule online, call 833-983-0485. 

Vax Facts

  • The CDC recommends that everyone aged 5 years or older receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster after completing their primary COVID vaccination series.
  • If you live, work, or study in Massachusetts, you can get free primary and booster vaccines here.
  • For answers to FAQs about the COVID booster, click here.
  • Additional information and recent updates on the COVID vaccines are available here.
  • For information about local COVID testing sites, click here.