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Upcoming Flu Vaccine Clinic- October 26, 2023

We will be vaccinating for Seasonal Flu (18+) only at the Cape Ann YMCA pm Thursday, October 26, 2023 at 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Please pre-register for an appointment.  Walk-in appointments are welcome.  Those without insurance will not be turned away.  Vaccines are free to all.  We are also offering Shingles and TDAP vaccines as well as free blood pressure checks.  To pre-register for an appointment please visit: Vaccine Clinic Registration.

Public Health Emergency Ends

As the state Public Health Emergency ends on May 11, 2023 and COVID-19 prevalence across Massachusetts is no longer high, the Department of Public Health’s (DPH) Public Health Emergency Order directing universal facemask use for all individuals, including healthcare personnel (HCP) in health care settings will also terminate. 

FDA Expands Eligibility for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose to Children 5 through 11 Years

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, authorizing the use of a single booster dose for administration to individuals 5 through 11 years of age at least five months after completion of a primary series with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. For more information please visit FDA's website.

Gloucester Board of Health Rescinds Face Covering Requirements for Public Indoor Spaces and City Buildings

At its special meeting of Friday February 11, 2022 the Board of Health voted unanimously to end the face covering requirements that were set in September and January. The requirements end as-of midnight, tonight.

The Board's decision is based on the decrease in COVID cases in the City, significant decreases in the presence of the virus detected in the City's wastewater, as well as decreases in the number of local hospitalizations and deaths.

The Gloucester Board of Health continue to encourage people to wear face coverings when indoors and with people of unknown vaccination status and ask you to remain tolerant of people's choice to wear face coverings. 

The Board also believe that vaccinations remain the most effective means of protecting people from the worst impacts of the COVID virus and its variants.

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