NEW BEDFORD — Walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics are now administering pediatric vaccines and booster shots. No appointment is needed at these clinics, but the available vaccines can change according to supplies.

Pediatric vaccines are only available at some locations, and those requiring a booster shot will need to bring vaccination cards to verify previous doses. Details on the available vaccines are listed with individual dates.

  • Tuesday, Dec. 7: Greater New Bedford Community Health Center (874 Purchase St.) – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Pfizer, Moderna, J&J. Former Fire Station 11 (754 Brock Ave.) – 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., J&J, Pfizer and Moderna; pediatric vaccines for children 5 – 11 years old. Immigrant Assistance Center (58 Crapo St. No. 1) – 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. J&J, Pfizer and Moderna; pediatric vaccines for children 5 – 11 years old
  • Friday, Dec. 10: PAACA (360 Coggeshall St.) – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., J&J, Pfizer and Moderna; pediatric vaccines for children 5 – 11 years old
  • Saturday, Dec. 11: Andrea McCoy Recreation Center (181 Hillman St.) – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pfizer, Moderna, J&J; pediatric vaccines for children 5 – 11 years old
  • Monday, Dec. 13: Andrea McCoy Recreation Center (181 Hillman St.) – 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Pfizer, Moderna, J&J; pediatric vaccines for children 5 – 11 years old

In-home vaccinations are available by appointment. The city and state are offering in-home COVID-19 vaccinations, particularly for elderly residents or those unable to visit a clinic. To schedule an in-home vaccination (Moderna or J&J) with the New Bedford Health Department, call 508-991-6199, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. 

To schedule an in-home vaccination (Moderna, Pfizer or J&J) through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, call the In-Home Vaccination Central Intake Line at (833) 983-0485, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Find more information on the in-home vaccination program at the state’s website.

The CDC has approved booster shots for Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J vaccines. Booster shots are available at local vaccine clinics, for people who are eligible under the following criteria.

For people who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series:

  • Those 65 years and older.
  • Those 18 or older who live in long-term care settings.
  • Those 18 or older who have underlying medical conditions.
  • Those 18 or older who work or live in high-risk settings.

Please bring your vaccination card when getting a booster shot, to verify eligibility.

For anyone 18 and older who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, a booster shot is recommended two or more months after their initial shot.

The CDC also has approved mixing and matching of vaccine types for the booster dose. When first getting vaccinated, people should still get two doses of the same vaccine type, but for the booster, a different vaccine from the initial series can be used, following the criteria above.

Find more information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

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