NEW BEDFORD — Scheduling for local COVID-19 vaccination clinics will be pared back during the 10-day period around Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. All local COVID-19 vaccine and testing locations will be closed on Dec. 24-25, as well as on Dec. 31 to Jan. 1, 2022.

Check vaxnb.com for updated schedules of local COVID-19 vaccination clinics and testing locations.

Free, walk-up clinics offer CDC-approved booster shots, in addition to first- and second-dose vaccines and, at most locations, pediatric vaccines. Those looking to get a booster shot should bring their vaccination ID.

  • Friday, Dec. 17: PAACA, 360 Coggeshall St., 1-5 p.m., J&J, Moderna, Pfizer, plus pediatric vaccines for children ages 5–11.
  • Saturday, Dec. 18: Andrea McCoy Recreation Center, 181 Hillman St., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pfizer, Moderna, J&J, plus pediatric vaccines for children ages 5–11.
  • Sunday, Dec. 19: Abraham Lincoln School, 445 Ashley Blvd., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pfizer, plus pediatric vaccines for children ages 5–11.
  • Monday, Dec. 20: Andrea McCoy Recreation Center, 181 Hillman St., 2-7 p.m., Pfizer, plus pediatric vaccines for children ages 5–11. Also, Moderna boosters.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 21: Former Fire Station 11, 754 Brock Ave., 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., J&J, Pfizer and Moderna, plus pediatric vaccines for children ages 5–11.
  • Monday, Dec. 27: Andrea McCoy Recreation Center, 181 Hillman St., 2-7 p.m., Pfizer, plus pediatric vaccines for children ages 5–11. Also, Moderna boosters.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 28: Former Fire Station 11, 754 Brock Ave., 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., J&J, Pfizer and Moderna, plus pediatric vaccines for children ages 5–11.

City public health officials remind residents that vaccination levels in the region are still  low, and daily case rates remain high. Getting vaccinated for COVID-19 is not only about protecting yourself; it’s also about protecting your family, friends, and community. Vaccination is critically important during the holiday season, when large family gatherings could lead to super-spreader events among people who are unvaccinated.