DECC to start offering new COVID booster shot aimed at variants

The bi-valent booster aims to protect against the omicron variant.
The bi-valent booster aims to protect against the omicron variant.(WNDU)
Published: Sep. 7, 2022 at 7:10 PM CDT
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DULUTH, MN -- The new COVID booster shot aimed at tackling stronger variants will soon be available in Duluth.

According to Minnesota health leaders, the state-run clinic at the DECC will begin offering the vaccine starting Sunday, Sept. 11.

They will have the Pfizer brand, which is approved for people 12 and older.

The DECC will be open from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays and from noon-7 p.m. Mondays.

The state plans to announce additional sites where people can receive this new vaccine soon.

Along with state-run vaccination sites, pharmacies are making appointments available for eligible Minnesotans to get their updated booster.

Minnesota health care systems, local public health and tribal health agencies, and other health care providers are also prepared to provide the updated booster shots and will have appointments available.

“Staying up to date on your COVID-19 vaccines is a crucial part of protecting our state in the months ahead,” said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm. “The bivalent boosters were shown to be safe and effective, and they will be a key tool in helping provide better protection against variants that are currently spreading. I would also encourage eligible Minnesotans who are seeking this updated booster to take this opportunity to ensure your whole family is up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations so you have the best protection possible as school starts and before end-of-year holidays.”

The Pfizer bivalent booster vaccine is recommended for people age 12 and older. The Moderna bivalent booster vaccine is recommended for people age 18 and older. Both vaccines can be given two months after a primary vaccine series or booster vaccination. The bivalent vaccines can only be used for a single booster dose.

These boosters will continue to be free for all Minnesotans at both state and private sites, regardless of insurance status.