When making health decisions for your family, it is important to have the facts. This page provides science-based information about COVID-19 vaccines.
When can my child get the COVID-19 vaccine?
At this time, the Pfizer vaccine is authorized for people ages 12 and older. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are authorized for people ages 18 and older.
Where can I get the COVID-19 vaccine for my child who is eligible?
There are a few places you can sign up to get the vaccine once your child becomes eligible:
- Call the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) at 617-568-4870 from 8:00am–1:00pm, Monday through Saturday.
- Excel Academy can schedule an appointment for your child at EBNHC. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or call at 617-466-9384.*
- Call 2-1-1 and select the prompt for “help scheduling a vaccine appointment”. This line is available from 8:30AM-8:00PM from Monday through Thursday or 8:30AM-5:00PM from Friday through Sunday.
*Note: Your child is able to be vaccinated without a parent/guardian present if the consent form below is signed and brought to the appointment by the child.
Access to the Vaccine and Safety
What vaccines are available?
There are three vaccines that have emergency use authorization: Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, and Johnson & Johnson. The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are given as a two-dose vaccines. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is given as a one-dose vaccine.
Do I need insurance to get a vaccine?
No. The vaccine is being provided free of charge to all individuals by the federal government. You will never be asked for a credit card number to make an appointment. (Source: Mass.gov)
Will people who live in another state or country part-time (e.g. students, retirees, people with dual citizenship) be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Massachusetts?
Yes, individuals who live, work, or study in Massachusetts are eligible to receive the vaccine.
Will getting the vaccine negatively impact a person’s immigration status?
No. The federal government has confirmed that it will not consider COVID-19 treatment (including a vaccine) as part of a determination of whether someone is a “public charge” or as it relates to the public benefit condition for certain individuals seeking an extension of stay or change of status, even if the vaccine is paid for by Medicaid or other federal funds. (Source: Mass.gov)
Do the COVID-19 vaccines have any side effects?
It is possible some people may have side effects after being vaccinated, which are normal signs your body is building protection. These side effects are temporary and are far better than the symptoms of COVID. For the Pfizer vaccine, the most common side effects are pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, and fever. More people experienced these side effects after the second dose of the Pfizer than after the first dose. For the Moderna vaccine, the most common side effects are pain, tenderness, swelling, and redness at the injection site, as well as fatigue, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, chills, nausea and vomiting, and fever. See here for tips from the CDC about preparing for your COVID-19 vaccination.
How long does protection from the COVID-19 vaccines last?
We do not have data yet to say for how long the COVID-19 vaccines will provide protection. Experts are working to learn more about both the protection someone gets from having an infection (also called natural immunity) and protection someone gets from the vaccine. (Source: CDC and Mass.gov)