Vaccines and boosters to prepare students for back-to-school
EVERETT – Families are urged to add COVID-19 vaccination and boosters to their back-to-school checklist with conveniently located vaccine clinics for all ages. Several locations in Everett will host free, family-friendly COVID-19 vaccine clinics in August.
The back-to-school vaccination clinic details:
|Eliot Family Resource Center|
|548 Broadway, Everett|
|Fridays, August 19 and 26||8 a.m. to 12 p.m.|
|Tuesday, August 16||8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.|
|Fridays, September 2 and 9||8 a.m. to 12 p.m.|
|Pope John XXIII High School|
|888 Broadway, Everett|
|Every Saturday in August and September||10 a.m. to 2 p.m.|
|Summer Eats (two sites)|
|Swan Street Park and Little Florence Park, Everett|
|Thursdays August 18 and 25||10 a.m. to 2 p.m.|
|Everett Haitian Community Center|
|427a Broadway, Everett|
|Saturday, September 24||1 to 5 p.m.|
These clinics are among hundreds of free, family-friendly clinics that the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is co-hosting with community organizations across the Commonwealth in August and September, leading into the new school year.
At these clinics, anyone ages 6 months and older can get a COVID-19 vaccination, and anyone ages 5 and older can get a booster. Appointments are not needed. Vaccination is free and no ID or health insurance is required. A list of clinics can be found at www.mass.gov/KidsClinic.
“We want to give kids the best protection as they return to school, so they are less likely to get sick and have to miss classes and activities,” said Public Health Commissioner Margret Cooke. “We hope these convenient, all-ages clinics make it easier for families to get their children vaccinated and keep them safe.”
The CDC recommends that children ages 6 months to 17 years old receive a COVID-19 vaccination and that everyone 5 years and older receive a booster. Two boosters are recommended for anyone who is 50 or older or immunocompromised.
To date, more than 5.4 million people in Massachusetts are now fully vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccines and boosters have been rigorously tested and proven to be safe and effective by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, providing protection from the virus and preventing serious illness.
For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine for children, and to find a clinic near you, visit www.mass.gov/KidsClinic. Additional options are available through VaxFinder. Anyone who is unable to attend a community clinic can request in-home vaccination.