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About 1Million MN Eligible for Booster Shot

According to Star Tribune, about I million Minnesotans would be eligible for Pfizer vaccine booster shot. As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation, those who are 65 and older as well as those 50 to 64 who have underlying health conditions that put them at high risk for severe COVID-19 infection, would be eligible for boost shot after six months of their second vaccine dose.

What the CDC is saying is there should be an individual assessment of who is at high risk. There’s not going to be this very detailed list of who is in and who is out.

Jan Malcolm, Minnesota Health Commissioner (source: Star Tribune)

According to commissioner Malcolm, eligible people may get their booster shots from pharmacies and health clinics.

“Our health systems are rightly prioritizing patient care for COVID and urgent conditions and they are not in a position to stand up large vaccination clinics like they did earlier”.

an Malcolm, Minnesota Health Commissioner (source: Star Tribune)

According to Star Tribune reporting, Health Partners, CVS Health and Hy-Vee are ready to offer booster shots immediately.

According to Kris Ehresmann, State infectious disease director, the booster was designed to address waning immunity and could prevent more infections at a time of high transmission of the infectious delta variant.

Up to 1 million Minnesotans fall within the Pfizer booster eligibility categories, although not all of them received the second dose more than six months ago.

State infectious disease director Kris Ehresmann (source: Star Tribune)

Because the Moderna vaccine was used at most nursing homes and long-term care facilities, many long-term care residents will not be getting boosters soon, Star Tribune writes.

According to commissioner Malcolm “The Moderna data and the Johnson & Johnson data are in the process of being approved. We do expect that there will be recommendations about boosters probably for Moderna just within a few weeks.”

According MPR News, the Delta variant spiked cases are ‘firmly entrenched in the state’ based new data. “These are numbers we had hoped we would not see again,” commissioner Malcolm is quoted saying.

Coronavirus-19 vaccination watch

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID vaccination tracker page (as of September 26, 9 a.m.) 471,814,235 doses have been distributed and 390,114,328 doses administered. According MDH COVID-19 Response vaccine data (as of September 22) a total of 6,379,025 doses of Covid-19 (Pfizer & Moderna) vaccines have been administered in Minnesota. According to the MDH latest tally (as of September 24) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 697,182 (out of 12,279,464 tested) with 8,076 deaths.