NEW BEDFORD — Free, walk-up COVID-19 clinics in New Bedford offer CDC-approved booster shots, in addition to first- and second-dose vaccines and, at most locations, pediatric vaccines and boosters for ages 12-17. Those receiving booster shots will need to bring their vaccination cards with them.

The regular Monday vaccine clinic at the Andrea McCoy Recreation Center on Hillman Street will not be offered on Feb. 21, due to the Presidents Day holiday.

Youths eligible for vouchers to YMCA and McCoy Rec Center

From now through Feb. 26, those under age 20 who receive a vaccine and show IDs will have the opportunity to receive a $50 McCoy program voucher. Those under age 17 will be eligible for a YMCA year’s membership and program vouchers for YMCA programming. Supplies are limited and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Once eligible, youth can pick up vouchers at local vaccine clinics — at PAACA and Andrea McCoy Rec Center — on Feb. 19, 25 and 26.

Visit vaxnb.com for updated schedules of local COVID-19 vaccination and testing locations. Upcoming vaccine locations in New Bedford include:

  • Saturday, Feb. 19: Andrea McCoy Recreation Center, 181 Hillman St., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with Pfizer, Moderna, J&J, boosters, vaccines for children ages 5–11, and boosters for ages 12-17.
  • Sunday, Feb. 20: Centro Communitario de Trabajadores, 1534 Acushnet Ave., from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with Pfizer, Moderna, vaccines and boosters for ages 5 and up; services provided in Spanish and K’iche’. Call 774-961-8283.
  • Monday, Feb. 21: No vaccination clinics are scheduled on the Presidents Day holiday.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 22: Greater New Bedford Community Health Center, 874 Purchase St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with Pfizer, Moderna, J&J. Appointment required, call 508-992-6553.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 22: Wilks Library Branch, 1911 Acushnet Ave., from 4-7 p.m., with Moderna, Pfizer, J&J; all vaccines and boosters, for children and adults.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 23: Cape Verdean Veterans Memorial Hall, 561 Purchase St., from 4-7 p.m., with Pfizer, Moderna, J&J, all vaccines and boosters for children ages 5-11; walk-ins welcome, pre-registration encouraged, call 508-979-1692.
  • Thursday, Feb. 24: Greater New Bedford Community Health Center, 874 Purchase St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with Pfizer, Moderna, J&J. Appointment required, call 508-992-6553.
  • Thursday, Feb. 24: William H. Taylor Elementary School, 71 Portland St., from 3-6 p.m., with Pfizer, Moderna, boosters, vaccines for children ages 5–11, boosters for teens 12-17.
  • Friday, Feb. 25: PAACA, 360 Coggeshall St., from 1-5 p.m., with Pfizer, Moderna, J&J, boosters and pediatric vaccines for children ages 5–11, and boosters for age 12-17.
  • Saturday, Feb. 26: Andrea McCoy Recreation Center, 181 Hillman St., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with Pfizer, Moderna, J&J, boosters, vaccines for children ages 5–11 and boosters for ages 12-17.
  • Monday, Feb. 28: Andrea McCoy Recreation Center, 181 Hillman St., from 2-7 p.m., with Pfizer, Moderna, J&J, boosters, vaccines for children ages 5–11, and boosters for ages 12-17.

Health officials note that vaccination levels in the region remain 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 winter months, when indoor gatherings can lead to super-spreader events, clusters, hospitalizations, and severe illness among people who are unvaccinated.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has free online services to find your personal vaccine records and local vaccination locations, including many pharmacies.

Access your vaccine records at https://myvaxrecords.mass.gov/, and find local listings at https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/.

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