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Minnesota begin administering Pfizer COVID 19 booster shots

Christian Fernsby |
Governor Tim Walz announced that Minnesota will begin administering Pfizer COVID 19 booster shots to Minnesotans who are eligible to receive one.

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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.

Minnesotans with an underlying medical condition are encouraged to speak with their health care provider about whether a booster is right for them.

“Our administration will always prioritize the health and safety of Minnesotans — and right now that means getting our highest risk Minnesotans booster doses to keep their protection strong against the COVID 19 virus,” said Governor Walz.

“We will begin giving boosters to Minnesotans who are eligible, which will help maximize protection for the most at risk Minnesotans. We have enough vaccine to administer first, second, and booster doses — and I urge every eligible Minnesotan to take advantage of these easy, safe, and free opportunities to keep yourself best protected against this deadly virus.”

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.

There are plenty of ways Minnesotans can get their Pfizer booster shot near them.

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 to find a provider near them and schedule an appointment or find a walk in clinic. Minnesotans should only get a booster when it is recommended, not earlier.

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