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Essentia Health scheduling COVID-19 vaccine booster shots

Who should get boosters and when.

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Essentia Health welcomed the expansion of a single-dose booster of both the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines for all individuals ages 18 and older, and is scheduling appointments for those doses immediately.

Interested patients can schedule shots through the MyChart patient portal or by calling 833-494-0836.

Essentia Health is following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health departments for vaccine distribution.

For mRNA vaccines - Pfizer and Moderna - the CDC recommends people 50 and older should get a booster six months after their initial series, as well as those who are 18-plus and moderately to severely immunocompromised. Patients ages 18-49 with no other risk factors and who received two doses of Pfizer or Moderna may get a booster dose.

For Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, a booster is approved for all people 18 and older two months after their first dose. Similar to mRNA vaccines, immunocompromised individuals ages 18 and older are encouraged to get a booster.

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“Mix and match” booster doses can be used following the completion of a primary series.

In addition to boosters, Essentia continues to offer first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccine, including for the ages 5-11 group.

Visit https://www.essentiahealth.org/covid-19/covid-19-vaccine-information/ to learn more about vaccine availability through Essentia Health.

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