COVID Vaccine Boosters
As of September 1, 2022, updated Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 boosters are now authorized by the FDA and recommended by the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2022/s0901-covid-19-booster.html. These updated boosters will be available in MA starting the week of September 5th.
We have developed the following FAQ which will also be posted on mass.gov.
1. What are the updated boosters?
The new COVID-19 booster vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer are updated versions of the original vaccines. The updated boosters were recently authorized by the FDA and recommended by the CDC.
2. Who should get the new booster?
Anyone age 12 or older who completed a primary COVID-19 vaccination series or received a booster dose at least two months ago should get the updated booster as soon as possible.
3. Why do I need a booster?
Staying up to date on vaccines, including boosters, is the most effective way to prevent serious illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. While vaccine protection decreases over time, boosters restimulate the immune system and increase vaccine efficacy again. Boosters are an important defense, even if you’ve already had COVID.
4. When and where can I get a booster?
Updated boosters will be available in Massachusetts starting the week of September 5, 2022. You can get a booster at many locations across the Commonwealth, including where you received previous vaccines. Locations include doctor’s offices, hospitals, pharmacies, and community health clinics.
5. Where can I get more information?
You can visit www.mass.gov/covidbooster for the latest information
Information on Monkeypox
The number of monkeypox cases in Massachusetts is small, but rising quickly according to the latest data from the Department of Public Health. At least 157 cases were reported to the state.
The virus, which has been spreading globally, is generally transmitted through close skin contact with people who have active lesions.
The CDC is tracking an outbreak of monkeypox that has spread across several countries that don’t normally report monkeypox, including the United States. The outbreak has recently been categorized as a public health emergency allowing more funding to tackle the monkeypox virus.
The monkeypox virus is spreading mostly through close, intimate contact with someone who has monkeypox. Vaccination is available for those who are at high risk of contracting monkeypox. If you have any symptoms of monkeypox, talk to your healthcare provider, even if you don’t think you had contact with someone who has monkeypox.
The mission of the Concord Health Division is to assess and address the needs of the Concord community, in order to protect and improve the health and quality of life of its residents and work force. This mission is realized through the implementation of disease prevention and health promotion programs, community health and nursing services, public outreach, education and empowerment, as well as promulgation and enforcement of Town and State health regulations.