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August 19, 2021

UMass Memorial Health to provide booster vaccines

Photo | Courtesy | Fallon Health A Fallon Health Summit ElderCare patient in Worcester receives a COVID-19 vaccination.

Worcester healthcare provider UMass Memorial Health announced a plan on Wednesday to provide booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to all individuals eight months after they received their second vaccine.

The plan is still being reviewed by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control, said a press release from UMass. 

CDC is currently recommending moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive a third dose of the vaccine, according to its website. On Wednesday, the President Joe Biden Administration said it would begin in September rolling out a booster shot program to those who received the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

It is recommended that individuals obtaining a third dose receive the same vaccine as their first two doses. Those with Johnson & Johnson vaccines are not currently recommended to get a booster dose, although that is expected to change.

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