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Essentia Health offers COVID-19 vaccine booster shots

Essentia Health is following guidelines from state health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Everyone 12 years and older qualifies for the COVID-19 vaccine in North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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Essentia Health St. Joseph's Medical Center Saturday, May 1, 2021, in Brainerd. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch
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Essentia Health is scheduling appointments of a single-dose booster of both the Moderna and the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines for all individuals ages 18 and older.

Interested patients can schedule shots through the MyChart patient portal or by calling 1-833-494-0836.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people 50 and older should get a booster six months after their initial series of the Pfizer or the Moderna vaccines, 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 vaccine may get a booster dose.

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


Essentia also continues to offer first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccine, including for those ages 5-11.

For more information about Essentia Health and the COVID-19 vaccines, visit .

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