FAQ's Regarding Vaccinations against COVID-19 and Seasonal Influenza (flu):
UPDATED October 17, 2022
What vaccines against COVID-19 are approved?
CDC has approved the expanded use of the updated (bivalent) COVID-19 vaccines to children ages 5 through 11 years. This follows the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authorization of updated COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech for children ages 5 through 11 years, and from Moderna for children and adolescents ages 6 through 17 years. Updated COVID-19 vaccines help to restore protection that has waned since previous vaccination and help to fight off a wider range of variants. These are critical next steps forward in our country’s vaccination program—a program that has helped provide increased protection against severe COVID-19 disease and death.
What is the recommended schedule for vaccination against COVID-19?
The recommendation is that people should wait at least two months from their last COVID-19 vaccine dose to get a bivalent booster. Most people (ages 5 and older) are now eligible for a booster having received their last booster approximately six to ten months ago. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine after you recover from COVID-19 infection provides added protection against COVID-19. People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised have different recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines, including boosters. COVID-19 vaccine and booster recommendations may be updated as CDC continues to monitor the latest data.
What vaccines can I get through the Weston Board of Health?
The Town of Weston Board of Health echoes CDC/FDA recommendation that everyone stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccination, including all primary series doses and boosters for their age group, but we do not have vaccine in stock for our younger residents (those under 12). We are offering the Pfizer Bivalent vaccine for ages 12+ and the Moderna Bivalent vaccine for ages 18+, and vaccine against the flu for ages 9+.
When can I get vaccinated through the Weston Board of Health?
COVID-19 Pfizer for ages 12+ or Moderna ages 18+ Bivalent Booster and flu vaccine for ages 9+ Being Offered for the month of October in a series of mini clinics for the month on Wednesday evenings from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm at Town Hall, you must register for an appointment here
COVID-19 Pfizer for ages 12+ or Moderna ages 18+ Bivalent Booster and flu vaccine for ages 9+ Being Offered:
- Friday, October 21st at Town Hall from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. This clinic is open to everyone age 9 and over. Parents/guardians for those younger than 9 years are encouraged to contact their pediatrician to review vaccination schedules and clinic options that are best suited for our younger population.
2. Monday, October 24th at the COA from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm is only open to people who are 65 plus (this is a high dose vaccine- specific for this age group ONLY.)
You must register in order to participate in either clinic and can register for either clinic by clicking here
For phone assistance with registration or homebound vaccination call the Council on Aging at 781-786-6280
For other local clinics and vaccination locations visit: vaxfinder.mass.gov/
Where can I find the latest COVID-19 guidance and information?
Visit Mass.gov/isol8 for the latest information for the general public and links to school, congregate living and healthcare guidance. Visit this site.
If you test positive for COVID-19 visit www.Mass.gov/ISOL8 for complete instructions. Visit WestonMA.gov/health for local resources. Families with young children in preschool or K-12 school will find updated guidance, which differs slightly from the guidance for higher education and the general public, here. Your school/program may choose to be more strict, but not less, in their ill-child/return to school policies.
Learn about free treatments for COVID-19 here or call your doctor to discuss your options.
The goal at this stage of the pandemic is to promote in person work/learning/living while preventing the spread of communicable disease like COVID-19 and flu.
The Board of Health has tests at Town Hall, during business hours for anyone who lives, works, learns or visits Weston to pick up, while supplies last.
To help you stay well this fall and winter we advise:
- Staying up to date on your vaccines and boosters against COVID-19 and influenza
- Staying home when sick
- Keeping rapid antigen tests and well fitting masks on hand
Thank you for helping to keep Weston well!
Call 781-786-5033 to reach your public health nurse in Weston with any questions.