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Olmsted County Public Health offers more COVID vaccine clinics – Post Bulletin

ROCHESTER — Olmsted County Public Health has planned two new clinics to provide residents with access to COVID-19 bivalent vaccine boosters.

The updated vaccines are designed to provide people with broad protection against COVID-19 and contain components of the original virus strain and the Omicron variant.

On August 31, 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency clearance for bivalent formulations of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines for use as a single booster dose at least two months after completing primary or booster vaccination.

Olmsted County Public Health will hold vaccination clinics on Monday, September 26 from noon to 4 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday, September 30 at 2100 Campus Drive SE in Rochester.

Pre-registration is not necessary.

People who have recently had a COVID-19 infection can delay vaccination, including the bivalent booster, by three months from the onset of symptoms or a positive test.

Pfizer and Moderna bivalent boosters can be administered regardless of the type of primary series or booster you have received in the past. The main considerations are:

  • People 12 years and older can get the Pfizer bivalent booster.
  • People aged 18 and over can get the Moderna bivalent booster.
  • The timing should be at least two months after your primary series or most recent monovalent booster.

In addition to the public health clinics, Mayo Clinic COVID-19 booster vaccinations for patients in the area can be scheduled at the 41st Street Center Professional Building in Rochester starting at 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday or 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.

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The Mayo Family Clinic in Kasson also offers vaccinations on Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mayo Clinic patients can use Patient Online Services or call their local primary care practice to make an appointment.

Olmsted Medical Center also has two COVID-19 booster clinics on Saturday at the Rochester Northwest Clinic at 5067 55th St. NW.

The clinics, which require appointments, are from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm on September 24 and October 1. There are no walk-in vaccinations.

Appointments can be made by calling 507-292-7300 or scheduling via OMC MyChart.

The vaccine provided in the OMC clinics is the latest version from Pfizer and offers protection against the latest omicron versions, called BA.4 and BA.5. This updated COVID-19 booster is for patients who have completed the primary series.

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