By CBSBoston.com Staff

BOSTON (CBS) — An opening date has been set for Fenway Park to start hosting a COVID vaccine and booster clinic, and the Baker Administration has announced other state-sponsored vaccine sites in Eastern Massachusetts to make it easier for residents to get shots amid an Omicron-driven COVID-19 surge.

Fenway will open its clinic on Jan. 6, with the capacity to deliver 1,300 shots per day. Appointments can be made at vaxfinder.mass.gov, but walk-ins are also accepted.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital epidemiologist Paul Sax says boosters are essential to fighting this unprecedented wave of the Omicron variant.

“It looks like that third dose really does do two things,” Sax said. “It boosts your antibody levels higher, and it also broadens the amount of coverage that the antibodies have so two very strong reasons to get your booster based on your immune response. So, I highly recommend people get that third dose, get it as soon as possible. You really start to respond quickly to it.”

All sites are offering primary vaccines for anyone 5 years old and up, plus booster shots. Combined, the newly announced sites will be able to offer an additional 3,000 COVID vaccines and boosters per day.

The other new state-backed locations are:

Roxbury: Melnea Cass Recreation Complex, and Whittier Street Health Care Center

Lynn: North Shore Community College

Taunton: Taunton COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at 2005 Bay Street

CBSBoston.com Staff