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COVID-19 booster shots available for eligible beneficiaries

The 66th Medical Squadron at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., will begin administering the Pfzier COVID-19 vaccine to people ages 12 to 15 starting May 19 following an approval by the Defense Health Agency. At this time, the Pfizer vaccine is the only option approved for children under 16.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mikayla Heineck)

The 66th Medical Squadron at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., is now offering single Pfizer COVID vaccine booster doses to eligible beneficiaries on a walk-in basis. At this time, only the Pfizer vaccine is available for boosters at the 66 MDS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mikayla Heineck)

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – The 66th Medical Squadron is now offering single Pfizer COVID vaccine booster doses to eligible beneficiaries.

At this time, only the Pfizer vaccines are available for the booster here. The Hanscom Clinic has not yet approved mixing vaccine brands, meaning a patient’s initial vaccine dose and booster brand should match.  

“We are not mixing and matching vaccine brands at this time,” said 1st Lt. Summerpreet Bali, 66 MDS Public Health Element chief. “We are able to give those who received the Pfizer vaccine the booster, but at this time, those who received the Moderna vaccine will have to receive their booster off base.” 

Officials said eligible beneficiaries include all those over 65, those aged 18 to 64 with a medical condition that places them at increased risk for severe disease, and those aged 18 to 64 who work in a high-exposure risk occupation.

Bali said examples of high-risk medical conditions include immunocompromising conditions such as heart, lung, kidney and liver diseases. High-risk occupations include first responders, education staff, public transport workers, and more.

“We encourage patients to speak with their primary care physicians to determine if they would be eligible for the booster at this time,” said Bali.

Booster doses will be available on a walk-in basis at the Immunization Clinic on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For additional information, personnel can contact Hanscom Public Health at usaf.hanscom.66-abg.list.publichealth@mail.mil.