COVID-19 vaccination clinic to be held January 4 at Fowler School

The Maynard Health Division and Maynard Public Schools will once again partner to offer a COVID-19 vaccination clinic from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on January 4 at Fowler School, auditorium entrance, 3 Tiger Drive.

A student vaccination clinic was held on December 14 and distributed 97 vaccines.

Clinics are open to anyone aged 5 and over who lives, works, or studies in Massachusetts. The vaccines are free. Identification is not required. Insurance is not compulsory, although it is accepted to cover administrative costs.

Walk-in visits will be accepted at this clinic based on availability, but advance registration is strongly encouraged. To register, visit https://bit.ly/3sw4AuK.

The Jan. 4 clinic is offering first and second doses and booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, which has been approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration for ages 5 and up. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is a two-dose regimen, with three weeks between the first and second dose.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has authorized a “mix-and-match” approach to booster injections. The Jan. 4 clinic will provide booster shots to anyone who qualifies, whether the patient received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna two-dose regimen, or the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) single-dose regimen. Individuals can check if they are eligible for a recall by using the eligibility tool on http://mass.gov/BoosterCheck.

The CDC recommends that those who received a full Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna regimen seek a booster after six months, and those who received a dose of Janssen seek a booster two months after their initial vaccination.

Participants at all clinics will be required to wear masks and maintain physical distancing, per current Massachusetts clinic guidelines.

Parents and guardians must accompany their child to the clinic and sign a consent form.

“Maynard residents have taken great steps to protect themselves and their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Board of Health Chair Kathy McMillan said. “However, the recent increase in positive cases and the emergence of the omicron variant are of great concern. We encourage everyone to be fully immunized and to protect our community from further spread.”

Adults with questions before the clinic are asked to email the Division of Public Health at [email protected] Parents or guardians with student-related medical questions prior to the clinic are urged to contact their child’s school nurse.

Other resources

The town of Maynard also informs about the following vaccines:

Vaxfinder: Visit the Vaxfinder tool on http://vaxfinder.mass.gov for a full list of hundreds of locations to receive a reminder. Residents will be able to refine the results to find locations that offer boosters, with some appointments available now for booking. Other appointments should be posted in the coming days. Many places will make appointments weeks in advance.

COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Line: People who cannot use Vaxfinder or who have difficulty accessing the internet can contact the COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Line by calling 2-1-1 and following the instructions. The vaccine resource line is available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The COVID-19 vaccine resource line has representatives available in English and Spanish, with access to translators for over 100 languages.

Home vaccinations: If you cannot get to a vaccination point, you can call the home vaccination center reception line at 833-983-0485. Representatives are available Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Representatives are available in English and Spanish, with access to translators in over 100 languages. You will be able to speak to a representative and you will be registered with the Commonwealth Home Vaccine Provider, Commonwealth Care Alliance, who will take care of the planning and administration of home immunizations.

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