COVID-19 Booster Shots Now Available for Certain Individuals

October 29, 2021 By Carol Britton Meyer

The number of new COVID‐19 cases statewide has been trending downward since mid‐September.

At the same time,  new COVID‐19 cases continue to fluctuate between approximately 30 to 50 new ones per 14‐day period for the last several weeks, according to Massachusetts Department of Public Health statistics.

"The vaccination rate for Hingham remains at 73 percent," Town Administrator Tom Mayo reported to the Select Board Tuesday.  "If you look at only vaccine‐eligible (age 12 and older) individuals in Hingham, the percent of fully-vaccinated eligible residents is 86 percent."

Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control is recommending that certain individuals are now eligible to receive a COVID‐19 booster shot and are encouraged to contact their primary care providers to see if they qualify.

"As of today (Tuesday), the town has no indication from the state that we will be asked to provide vaccine clinics and as such, we recommend that residents work with their primary care physicians to determine their best options for vaccine boosters," Mayo said.

He noted that when the COVID-19 vaccinations were first rolled out, the town held a number of clinics. However, Mayo emphasized that "those who received a shot from the town -- or didn't -- shouldn't wait for us to hold a clinic."

He reiterated that individuals should work with their PCPs.  "Don't wait for the town to provide clinics," Mayo said.

COVID‐19 booster shots are available at the Walgreens on Lincoln Street and at the CVS locations on South Street and near the Hingham Shipyard.

"For all three of these locations, only Moderna booster shots are available, and online appointments are [recommended]," Mayo said.

Select Board Chair Joseph Fisher noted that Pfizer boosters are available at other CVS locations, including the one in Jackson Square in Weymouth.

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