St. Luke’s To Offer COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Doses to Those Eligible
DULUTH, Minn. – St. Luke’s will start offering COVID-19 vaccine booster doses for those eligible beginning next week.
The hospital says the vaccines will be given at the St. Luke’s COVID-19 Clinic by appointment only. Appointments are available to schedule via the myCare patient portal or by calling the Vaccine Clinic at 218-249-4200.
The CDC’s recent recommendations for COVID-19 boosters allow for certain people who received the initial series of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine/COMIRNATY vaccine to get a booster shot 6 months after completing their last dose.
These recommendations include people 65+ or those who are otherwise at high risk of exposure or severe disease. No authorizations or recommendations on a booster dose were made for those who received Moderna or Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine for their primary series at this time.
The CDC has recommended the following groups should get a booster dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after their second dose:
- People 65 years and older.
- Residents in long-term care settings.
- People ages 50 to 64 with certain underlying medical conditions.
The CDC also stated the following groups may get a booster dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after the second dose if the personal benefits for them outweigh the personal risks:
- People ages 18 to 49 who are at high risk for severe COVID-19 due to certain underlying medical conditions
- People ages 18 to 64 who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of where they live or work.
St. Luke’s says individuals who set a booster vaccine appointment will be required to affirm that they meet the above-outlined criteria when they arrive for their appointment.
St. Luke’s COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic is located at 915 E. First Street and is open Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
For more information about the Vaccine Clinic, click here.