ST. PAUL -- Governor Tim Walz says the state will begin administering Pfizer COVID-19 booster shoots to eligible Minnesotans.

Our administration will always prioritize the health and safety of Minnesotans -- and right now that means getting our highest risk Minnesotans booster doses to keep their protections strong against the COVID-19 virus.

Minnesotans who got the Pfizer vaccine can receive a booster shot at least six months after their initial series.

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According to the CDC guidance:
- People 65 or older and residents living in a long-term care facility should receive a booster
- People 50-64 with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster
-  People 18-49 with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster
- People 18-64 who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission (frontline medical worker, teachers, and first responders) may also receive a booster

Minnesotans with an underlying medical condition are encouraged to speak with their health care provider about whether a booster is right for them.

Walz says Minnesota will be ready to provide Moderna and Johnson & Johnson boosters when they are recommended.

Federal health experts are still reviewing data from Moderna and Johnson & Johnson and will decide when recipients may be eligible for a booster shot.


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