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Minnesotans age 6 months and older should get a booster shot.



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COVID-19 vaccines are effective, especially at preventing serious illness and death. However, evidence is showing that boosters, given at the appropriate time, can help extend the protection and keep it at a higher level. The updated (bivalent) COVID-19 vaccines provide protection against newer Omicron variants (BA.4 and BA.5) that have been circulating.

Who should get a booster shot?


People age 6 months and older should get an updated (bivalent) booster when eligible.



General booster shot recommendations:

If you got the Pfizer vaccine (age 6 months through 4 years):

Children ages 6 months through 4 years who are currently completing a Pfizer primary series will receive a Pfizer updated (bivalent) vaccine as their third primary dose. The Moderna bivalent vaccine cannot be given as the third dose if earlier doses were Pfizer. 

Children 6 months through 4 years of age who already completed their primary series of the original (monovalent) Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine are not recommended to get an updated (bivalent) vaccine dose at this time. 


If you got the Pfizer vaccine (age 5+):

People age 5-11 years should get an updated (bivalent) booster shot at least 2 months after their primary series or last original (monovalent) booster dose. Children who are 5 years and completed a Pfizer primary series, can only get a Pfizer (bivalent) booster. Children who are 6 years and older can get the Pfizer or Moderna bivalent booster. Children 5-11 receive a smaller dose than those age 12 and older.

People age 12 years and older should get an updated (bivalent) booster shot at least 2 months after their primary series or last original (monovalent) booster dose. The booster can be Pfizer or Moderna.


If you got the Moderna vaccine (age 6 months+):

People age 6 months through 5 years should get an updated (bivalent) booster at least 2 months after their primary series. Children 6 months through 4 years can only get Moderna for their booster. Children age 5 years can get either Moderna or Pfizer for their booster. Children 6 months through 5 years receive a smaller dose than older children and adults.  

People age 6-11 years should get an updated (bivalent) booster at least 2 months after their primary series. The booster can be Pfizer or Moderna. Children 6-11 years receive a smaller dose than those age 12 and older.  

People age 12 years and older should get an updated (bivalent) booster shot at least 2 months after their primary series or last original (monovalent) booster dose. The booster can be Pfizer or Moderna.


If you got the Novavax vaccine (age 12+):

People age 12 years and older should get an updated (bivalent) booster shot at least 2 months after their primary series. The booster can be Pfizer or Moderna.


If you got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (18+):

People age 18 and older should get an updated (bivalent) booster shot at least 2 months after their single dose or last original (monovalent) booster dose. The booster can be Pfizer or Moderna.



Note about Novavax as a booster

A monovalent Novavax booster dose (instead of a bivalent booster dose) may be used in limited situations in people age 18 years and older who have completed their primary series, have not received any previous booster dose(s), and are unable or unwilling to receive an mRNA vaccine and would otherwise not receive a booster dose. It can be given at least 6 months after a person has completed their primary series. Talk to your health care provider for more information. 


 

People with certain immunocompromised conditions

People with certain immunocompromising conditions are recommended to get an additional dose of vaccine as part of their primary series. They should get an updated booster dose as well. Talk to your health care provider and learn more at CDC: COVID-19 Vaccines for Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised People.



To find where to get your booster shot, refer to Find Vaccine Locations. In-home COVID-19 vaccination is available upon request for those who may have difficulties going to a clinic or other vaccine location. Learn more about eligibility for an in-home vaccine and how to request an appointment at In-Home Vaccination Program.

Talk to your health care provider if you have any questions about COVID-19 boosters. For more information, see MDH: Booster shots.

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