COVID-19 Vaccine

 Manet offers COVID-19 vaccination for all patients and community residents age 6 months and older. We strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated and we welcome both Manet patients and non-Manet patients from surrounding communities.  Manet patients can schedule an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or booster at any Manet location or during any routine visit. We also offer options for community residents. For more information about COVID-19 vaccination, including frequently asked questions,  click here.

Manet COVID-19 Community Vaccine Clinics

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics for Families and Individuals

Manet offers both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. (We are not currently offering Johnson & Johnson vaccines). Parental consent is required for anyone under 18. First doses, second doses and boosters are available. Clinics are open to Manet patients as well as community residents. Appointments encouraged.

  • Manet, North Quincy, 110 West Squantum St.:
    Vaccines for ages 6 months+/boosters for ages 5+, including bivalent
    Thursdays, 5-7 p.m.                                                                                                                             Saturday, November 12, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (COVID and Flu!)

  • Manet, Taunton, 1 Washington St.:
    Vaccines for ages 6 months+/boosters for ages 5+ , including bivalent
    Tuesdays, 9:00-11:30 a.m.
  • Manet, Attleboro, 8 North Main St.:                                                                            Vaccines for ages 6 months+/boosters for ages 5+ , including bivalent                Mondays, 5:30-7 p.m. 

Community Pop-up Vaccine Clinics

  • The Kennedy Center, 440 East Squantum St., Quincy:
    Friday, November 4, 9:30 a.m-12:30 p.m. (walk-in, ages 5+)

Read more about the different vaccines here.  Anyone under the age of 18 must complete a consent form (English) (Arabic) (Chinese) (Portuguese) (Spanish) (Vietnamese). Please download the form and bring it with you to your appointment.

Access Your Massachusetts Digital Vaccine Card

Massachusetts may have a record of vaccinations you received in the Commonwealth. This may include COVID-19, influenza, tetanus, and many others. Use the Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS) portal to access your COVID-19 digital vaccine card. Visit myvaxrecords.mass.gov

If you have trouble finding your record, try these steps to find your record: Re-enter your information with another version of your name (maiden, a different spelling, etc.) or re-enter your information with a different email or mobile number.

If you are unable to locate your record, or to report discrepancies in immunization records, click here to submit a request for further assistance: https://myvaxrecords.mass.gov/pages/Request

COVID-19 Booster Shot Update

What was approved?
Updated COVID-19 booster vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer were approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on August 31, 2022. On September 1, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also approved and recommended the updated boosters. You can check the CDC website for updates.

What is the updated COVID-19 vaccine booster? 
The new COVID-19 booster vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer are updated versions of the original vaccines. The updated boosters are “bivalent,” which means they protect against two different viruses or two strains of the same virus. This type of vaccine is not new. Many common vaccines, like the flu vaccine, can protect against even more than two types of viruses or virus strains. The updated COVID-19 boosters target the original COVID-19 strain and the newer omicron variant. Reported side effects seem to be the same as the original vaccine.

Who can get an updated booster?
Anyone age 5 or older is eligible for the updated booster if:

  • They completed a primary vaccination series with one of the COVID-19 vaccines AND
  • At least 2 months have passed since the last dose of primary vaccine series or any booster dose

Please note you are eligible for this updated booster no matter how many previous booster shots you have received.

Are the updated boosters approved for all ages?

  • Pfizer bivalent COVID-19 booster: approved for patients ages 5 and older
  • Moderna bivalent COVID-19 booster: approved for patients ages 6 and older

What about the previous booster?
With the FDA and CDC approval of the updated boosters, the original COVID-19 vaccines are no longer approved as boosters. The FDA and CDC made this decision because the updated booster is designed to offer more protection from the circulating omicron variant.

What if I have not received the primary COVID-19 vaccine series? 
You should still get the original vaccines for your primary vaccine series. You can find more information about COVID-19 primary vaccination series on the CDC website.

Make Your COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Today!

We have many types of vaccine appointments. If you cannot find the type of appointment you are looking for, please call us.   Also, please remember to bring your Vaccination Card with you to your appointment. Thank you!

Quincy

110 West Squantum St.

617-376-3000

 Vaccines for ages 6 months+/boosters for ages 5+

Thursdays, 5-7 p.m. 

Saturday, November 12, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Taunton

1 Washington Street

508-822-5500

 Vaccines for ages 6 months+/boosters for ages 5+ 

Tuesdays, 9:00-11:30 a.m.

Attleboro

8 North Main Street

508-205-4600

Vaccines for ages 6 months+/boosters for  ages 5+ 

Mondays, 5:30-7 p.m.

Call 508-205-4600

Important Information About the COVID-19 Vaccine

The vaccine will be given to you at no cost, however the vaccine administration will be billed to your primary & secondary insurance. You do not have to pay any out of pocket fees, even if you are uninsured or undocumented.

The COVID-19 vaccines are safe. Vaccines undergo rigorous testing and large clinical trials with diverse participants before they are approved for widespread use. Getting a vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 and may also help protect loved ones who are not yet vaccinated. For more on vaccine safety, visit mass.gov/covidvaccinesafety

You are encouraged to speak with your health care provider if you have concerns or questions about getting vaccinated because you are pregnant or breastfeeding, have certain medical conditions, or for any other reason.

Everybody over 6 months of age who lives, works or studies in Massachusetts is now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more at mass.gov/covidvaccine

For details specific to COVID-19 vaccine and youth, including information on parental consent, and FAQs, visit gov/vaccinesforYOUth.

COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

COVID-19 Booster Update

COVID-19 Booster Update

Here's the latest on COVID-19 vaccine boosters: What was approved? Updated COVID-19 booster...

Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccination will help keep you from getting COVID-19

  • All approved and recommended COVID-19 vaccines have been carefully evaluated in clinical trials and authorized only if they make it substantially less likely you’ll get COVID-19.
  • Experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.
  • Getting vaccinated may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • Experts continue to conduct more studies about the effect of COVID-19 vaccination on severity of illness from COVID-19, as well as its ability to keep people from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.

COVID-19 vaccination is a safer way to help build protection

  • COVID-19 can have serious, life-threatening complications, and there is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you. And if you get sick, you could spread the disease to friends, family, and others around you.
  • Clinical trials of all vaccines must first show they are safe and effective before any vaccine can be authorized or approved for use, including COVID-19 vaccines. The known and potential benefits of a COVID-19 vaccine must outweigh the known and potential risks of the vaccine for use under what is known as an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).
  • The first available COVID-19 vaccines are mRNA vaccines (The “m” stands for message: the message to create an immune response to protect us from viral infections). Researchers have been studying and working with mRNA vaccines for decades. These vaccines work by giving our cells the message to make a protein that looks like the one outside the coronavirus. Our immune systems recognize that this protein doesn’t belong and begin building antibodies. These antibodies help protect you against future COVID-19 infections.  These vaccines do not contain the live COVID-19 virus and the mRNA never interacts with or does anything to your genetic material/DNA of your cells. The mRNA breaks down after being used and the body will get rid of it.  
  • Getting COVID-19 may offer some natural protection, known as immunity. But experts don’t know how long this protection lasts, and the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 far outweighs any benefits of natural immunity. COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you by creating an antibody (immune system) response without having to experience sickness.
  • Both natural immunity and immunity produced by a vaccine are important parts of COVID-19 disease that experts are trying to learn more about, and CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.

COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to help stop the pandemic

  • Wearing masks and social distancing help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed.
  • The combination of getting vaccinated and following CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19.
  • Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available. As experts learn more about how COVID-19 vaccination may help reduce spread of the disease in communities, CDC will continue to update the recommendations to protect communities using the latest science.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do we know if the vaccine is safe?

A vaccine will not be distributed in Massachusetts until the FDA determines the vaccine is safe.

It’s important to know that vaccines go through more testing than any other pharmaceuticals.  Before any vaccine is made available, it must go through rigorous development and testing. Manufacturing is critical — every dose must consistently be high quality. Additionally, extensive testing in clinical trials is conducted to prove safety.  First, small groups of people receive the trial vaccine. Next, vaccine is given to people with particular characteristics (e.g., age and physical health). Then, vaccine is given to tens of thousands of people and tested for effectiveness and safety.

After that, the data is reviewed by the FDA which approves the vaccine, and by an independent board, CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) which will make its recommendations for use.  These bodies are the final safeguards for the public ensuring any vaccine is both safe and effective.

Will I have to pay for the vaccine?

The vaccine is being provided free of charge to all individuals by the federal government.  Insurance companies are also committed to not charging any out-of-pocket fees or co-payments related to COVID-19 vaccine administration, and all health care provider sites that receive COVID-19 vaccine must agree to not charge patients any out-of-pocket fees or deny anyone vaccination services.

 

How do COVID-19 Vaccines Work?

COVID-19 vaccines help our bodies develop immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19 without us having to get the illness. Different types of vaccines work in different ways to offer protection, but with all types of vaccines, the body is left with a supply of “memory” T-lymphocytes as well as B-lymphocytes that will remember how to fight that virus in the future.

It typically takes a few weeks for the body to produce T-lymphocytes and B-lymphocytes after vaccination. Therefore, it is possible that a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and then get sick because the vaccine did not have enough time to provide protection.

Sometimes after vaccination, the process of building immunity can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity.

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