Updated: September 24, 2021 06:10 PM
Created: September 24, 2021 12:14 PM
Governor Tim Walz announced that Minnesota will begin administering Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots to Minnesotans who are eligible to receive one. And people can start getting it, on Friday, the 24th. But health leaders said you don't need to rush out, just do it at your convenience.
Minnesotans who got the Pfizer vaccine can receive a booster shot at least six months after their initial series based on CDC guidance:
• people 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster;
• people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster;
• people aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster; and
• people aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting (e.g. frontline medical workers, teachers, and first responders) may receive a booster.
Jan Malcolm, health commissioner for MN, explained, "What the CDC is saying, is there should be an individual assessment of who is at high risk. They've given examples, like health care workers, teachers, and first respondres. But it's not limited to that. There won't be a detailed list about who is in and who is out."
Minnesotans with an underlying medical condition are encouraged to speak with their health care provider about whether a booster is right for them.
Federal health experts are still reviewing data from Moderna and Johnson & Johnson and will decide when recipients may be eligible for a booster shot. Minnesota will be ready to provide Moderna and Johnson & Johnson boosters when they are recommended.
Minnesota has enough vaccine available for anyone who needs a shot, be it a first, second, or booster dose. An extensive network of vaccine providers are administering the vaccine, including pharmacies (many of which accept walk-ins), health care systems, community clinics, local public health agencies, and tribal health agencies.
Pfizer COVID-19 booster doses will be administered anywhere the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is available.
Minnesotans do not need to get their booster dose at the same location they received their initial series.
Those seeking a booster shot can visit mn.gov/vaccine to find a provider near them and schedule an appointment or find a walk-in clinic.
Essentia provided an update: By Wednesday, Sept. 29, Essentia patients and non-patients alike in these additional groups can schedule a vaccine appointment via our MyChart patient portal. You also can call (833) 494-0836 to schedule a vaccine appointment. Additionally, Essentia Health pharmacies will offer vaccination opportunities. Click here to learn more about the COVID vaccines and options for receiving a shot at Essentia.
St. Luke’s will be giving COVID-19 booster doses to those who are eligible starting next week.
Vaccines will be given at St. Luke’s COVID-19 Clinic and an appointment will be required. Appointments are now available to schedule. The best way to schedule is via the St. Luke’s myCare patient portal, but people can also call the Vaccine Clinic at 218.249.4200.
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