CVS, Walgreens pharmacies begin offering COVID-19 booster shots to all adults

BOSTON — CVS and Walgreens pharmacies announced they will begin administering COVID-19 booster shots to all adults 18 years and older starting Saturday.

This comes one day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expanded the recommendation for booster shots to all adults 18 years and older. It’s also two days after Governor Charlie Baker announced all adults would be eligible to get a COVID-19 booster shot in Massachusetts.

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CVS Pharmacy said it will offer Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 booster doses at its nearly 10,000 locations nationwide.

Walgreens announced it will offer Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine boosters at its nearly 9,000 pharmacy locations nationwide.

“This expanded eligibility comes as many families prepare to travel for the holidays and COVID-19 variants continue to emerge, putting people at greater risk to contract and spread COVID-19 and experience more severe symptoms,” Walgreens said in a statement.

Both pharmacies encourage you to make an appointment online:

People who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine should wait six months after receiving their second dose to get a booster.

People who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should wait two months before getting a booster.

The CDC said people can mix-and-match their vaccines, and they don’t need their booster shot to be the same brand as their initial dose(s).

According to Gov. Baker’s office, more than 800,000 Massachusetts residents have received a COVID-19 booster shot so far.

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