WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Health Department — which shares a health director with Melrose — will host a COVID booster vaccination clinic on Wednesday, February 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Hurd School, located at 27 Cordis St. in Wakefield. The clinic is open to individuals aged 12 and over. The Pfizer vaccine will be distributed at this event.

Preregistration is highly recommended. Go here to make an appointment: https://home.color.com/vaccine/register/transformativehealth?calendar=d212c3fa-2413-454a-a9ae-c7b1d1ac295c.

Melrose individuals who need assistance making an appointment can contact the Melrose Council on Aging at 781-662-6886. If your call goes to voicemail, please leave a message. The office will call residents back in the order that voicemails are received.

This event will provide boosters only; individuals seeking a first or second dose should visit https://vaxfinder.mass.gov to find a nearby vaccination location.

If you have any questions about the clinic or the vaccination process, connect with the Health Department at 781-246-6375.

Getting boosted and vaccinated

If you are looking to get a booster or initial vaccine, use this tool to find vaccination locations near you, https://vaxfinder.mass.gov.

The CDC now recommends booster shots at five months after the completion of the primary series of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for those aged 12 and older. Go here to read more about boosters, https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-booster-frequently-asked-questions.

Learn about vaccines for children aged 5 to 11, https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccinations-for-children-ages-5-11.

Learn about vaccines for youth aged 12 to 17, https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccinations-for-people-ages-12-17.

If you have additional questions, connect with the Health Department at (781) 246-6375.

Vaccination records

Massachusetts residents can visit the MyVaxRecords portal at https://www.myvaxrecords.mass.gov to electronically view and save their COVID-19 vaccine records. By providing a cell phone number or email address, users can obtain a digital record of their vaccinations recorded in the Massachusetts Immunization Information System. Their COVID-19 vaccination record includes a unique QR code that can be saved to the user’s phone files, camera roll or the Apple Wallet. It can also be printed out for a paper record.

Transportation

Need a ride to the clinic? Call the Mystic Valley Elder Services at (781) 324-7705 to take advantage of their vaccination-transportation program.

Special accommodations

Do you or a family member have sensory and/or other accommodation needs and are looking to get a COVID vaccination? VaxAbilities is hosting clinics staffed with skilled support personnel so the experience is the most positive and comfortable possible. Visit https://vaxabilities.com to find clinic dates and tips to prepare.

Post-vaccination guidance

People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. If it has been less than two weeks since your shot, or if you still need to get your second dose, you are not fully protected. Keep taking all prevention steps until you are fully vaccinated.

Read the CDC’s guidance for fully vaccinated individuals at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/stay-up-to-date.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fvaccines%2Ffully-vaccinated-guidance.html.

About the vaccine

View frequently asked questions on the State’s FAQ page at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccine-frequently-asked-questions.