What should Scott County residents know about booster shots?

Who can get a booster shot right now?
The current vaccines continue to provide highly effective protection against COVID-19, but booster doses will help maximize their effectiveness. According to MDH, Minnesotans ages 16 can get a booster shot. The timing depends on the vaccine you initially received:

  • Pfizer & Moderna Recipients 18+: You should wait until 6 months after your second shot to get a booster. 
  • Pfizer Recipients 16+: You should wait until 6 months after your second shot to get a booster. (Note: Since only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for ages 16 & 17, teens must get a Pfizer booster.)
  • Johnson & Johnson Recipients 18+: You should wait until 2 months after your initial shot to get a booster. 

Will Scott County be offering big clinics again to provide boosters?
At this time, no. COVID-19 vaccines are now widely available through pharmacies and healthcare providers, so we encourage folks to take advantage of those opportunities. We are focused on reaching populations with the greatest need, including the uninsured and the under-insured. We continue to work with community partners to identify vaccination opportunities. All vaccination opportunities are posted on our webpage under the "Upcoming Clinics" menu. 

I heard I can mix-and-match my booster shot. Is this true?
Yes, health officials also authorized “mixing and matching” COVID-19 vaccine boosters for adults 18 and older. This means adults 18+ eligible for a booster shot can get any of the three currently authorized or approved vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson), regardless of what dose they received for their primary series. Teens aged 16 & 17 must get a Pfizer booster. (Source: MDH - About COVID-19 Boosters)

I received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Will you offer J&J boosters?
At this time, we don't plan to offer J&J boosters. We invite J&J recipients to take a Moderna or Pfizer booster instead, since mix-and-match options are now medically approved.  

Last Reviewed: 12/14/21

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