Today, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced that people age 65 or older and people age 16 or older with two or more specific medical conditions (listed here) are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
As a reminder, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized the emergency use of two vaccines to prevent COVID-19: one for people 16 years of age and older and another for people age 18 and over. There is no vaccine approved yet for children under age 16.
The process of vaccinating our eligible patients will take several weeks. Please wait to hear from us to see if your child is eligible. You won’t need to call the hospital — instead, we will reach out by email or phone to schedule a vaccination appointment.
While we are eager to be a vaccine resource, we encourage you to take advantage of any opportunity to schedule a vaccination appointment through state and local health care organizations and agencies by visiting mass.gov/vaccine.
Because every state is a little different, we encourage Boston Children’s families outside Massachusetts to get vaccinated in your home state as soon as you are eligible, instead of waiting for your child to receive their vaccine at Boston Children’s.
We will continue to update you as Massachusetts continues its vaccine rollout. For more information, please visit us at bostonchildrens.org/covid19.
Boston Children’s Hospital
Throughout the COVID pandemic, we have taken every precaution to safeguard our patients, families and staff, while also ensuring that our patients could still receive visitors.
For the safety of all, we must ask that any visitor who has confirmed COVID-19 stay home and NOT visit Boston Children’s Hospital. Please isolate at home, per the state guidelines, and consider making your visit virtually.
Thank you in advance for helping us prevent the spread of COVID-19, and doing your part to protect everyone at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Is your child having a blood draw, vaccine, or other procedure that uses a needle?
Consider using a numbing cream, called LMX-4, to make the procedure easier for your child.