Pfizer Booster Shot Administration Begins

Alejandro Bonilla

After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster, the Baker administration has begun to organize efforts to offer the shots, primarily to those in long-term care. To become eligible for the booster shot, it must be received at least six months after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson boosters are currently awaiting federal approval.


The CDC recommends that people aged 65 and older, people between ages 18 and 64 with underlying conditions, or people who are at increased risk of COVID due to institutional or occupational settings get the booster shot. These settings, as stated by the CDC, include grocery stores, first responders, public transit, food and agriculture, corrections, manufacturing, and the U.S. Postal Service.


Based on the federal government’s initial requirements, it is estimated that about 600,000 residents of Massachusetts are eligible for the booster shot. Massachusetts will be capable of administering over 300,000 doses per week, according to the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. The doses are free and can be accessed without health insurance, ID, or a vaccine card.


The Baker administration has stated that over 460 locations will offer administration of the booster shot, including over 450 retail pharmacies. While walk-ins will be available at retail pharmacies, it is encouraged that you set up an appointment. To schedule an appointment to receive the Pfizer booster shot, visit the VaxFinder website or dial the COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Line at 2-1-1. The line is available in English and Spanish and has translators to approximately 100 other languages.