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DECC to offer second COVID booster

The new Pfizer booster, which has a combination of the original COVID strain and the omicron variant, is authorized for use as a single booster dose in individuals age 12 and older.

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The new bivalent booster dose will be available at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center starting Sunday.
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DULUTH — Appointments for the updated COVID-19 vaccine booster will be available at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, the Minnesota Department of Health announced Wednesday. Booster vaccines will be administered starting Sunday.

The vote is one of the last steps before millions of the retooled shots roll out by the end of this weekend as part of a nationwide revaccination campaign. The agency's Director Rochelle Walensky will make the final call after the meeting. He has been supportive of a booster campaign in recent public statements.

The updated COVID vaccine boosters include components of the original virus strain and the omicron variant, making them bivalent boosters. The DECC will have the Pfizer bivalent booster, which is authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use as a single booster dose in individuals age 12 and older.

The DECC will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays and noon to 7 p.m. Mondays.

Along with state-run vaccination sites, pharmacies are making appointments available for eligible Minnesotans to get their updated boosters. Minnesota health care systems, local public health and tribal health agencies, and other health care providers are also prepared to provide the updated booster shots and will have appointments available as supply allows.

These boosters will continue to be free for all Minnesotans at state and private sites, regardless of insurance status.

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To schedule an appointment at the DECC, visit my.primary.health/r/decc_vax_mn?registration_type=general_public.

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