COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccines reduce the risk of severe illness, hospitalization and death, but newer data suggests that protection against COVID-19 infection decreases over time. Third doses and boosters can bring protection back up to higher levels.

Please check with your local pharmacy or your health care provider if you would like a third dose or booster. If you do not have a pharmacy or provider, call the Dakota County Public Health Immunization Line at 952-891-7999.

Dakota County also continues to offer COVID-19 vaccinations at clinics. Learn more about the county’s vaccine clinics and how to sign up for appointments on the COVID-19 vaccine webpage.

People who qualify for a third dose of Pfizer or Moderna:

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention recommends people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised (especially those that received a solid organ transplant) should get an additional dose of Pfizer or Moderna at least 28 days after the first two shots.

This additional dose is intended to improve immunocompromised people's response to their initial vaccine series and is not the same as a booster dose.

People who qualify for a booster dose of Pfizer:

Health officials recommend you get a Pfizer booster shot at least 6 months after your second dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine if you:

  • Are 65 years of age or older.
  • Live in a long-term care facility.
  • Are 50–64 years old with certain underlying medical conditions (refer to CDC: People with Certain Medical Conditions).
  • Are 18–49 years old and at high risk for severe COVID-19 disease because of certain underlying medical conditions (refer to CDC: People with Certain Medical Conditions).
  • Are 18–64 years and at increased risk for getting COVID-19 disease because of where you live or work (e.g., frontline medical workers, educators and child care personnel, first responders).

These booster recommendations are only for people who received Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Officials are still reviewing data from Moderna and Johnson & Johnson and will decide when recipients will be eligible for a booster.

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