Boston Residents Encouraged to Get Updated COVID-19 Boosters During Holiday Season – Boston.gov

by | Dec 2, 2022 | COVID-19

Flu shots also strongly recommended 

BOSTON – December 2, 2022 – This holiday season, the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) encourages residents to get their COVID-19 booster and annual flu vaccination. Boston’s updated booster rate is lagging as COVID-19 indicators trend upward. Family gatherings and more time spent indoors during the winter will further increase the risk of getting COVID-19, as well as other transmissible diseases like the flu and RSV. In addition to getting boosted, BPHC reminds residents that masking indoors is very effective for lowering the risk of contracting respiratory viral illnesses.  
As of November 29, the concentration of COVID-19 particles in local wastewater increased by 66% over the past week, and by 70% over the past two weeks. COVID-19 cases have increased by 14% during the past two weeks (as of 11/28), and Boston also experienced a 24% increase in new COVID-19 related hospitalizations (as of 11/30). Only 11% of residents have received the new omicron-specific, bivalent booster. Those who have not gotten them are vulnerable to severe illness and hospitalization. A sudden influx of COVID-19 related hospitalizations would put even greater pressure on hospitals and providers. 
In addition to low overall uptake, there are clear racial disparities in bivalent booster rates. Only 7% of Latinx and 9% of Black residents have received the bivalent booster, as compared to 11% of AAPI residents and 13% of white resid …

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