It's official.  Following the recent approval by the Centers for Disease Control for COVID-19 booster shots for the Pfizer vaccine, St. Louis County Public Health has added that option to their vaccination site clinics.  The option first becomes available to eligible patients on October 1.

As per the guidelines set forth, COVID-19 vaccine boosters are administered six months after the completion of the second dose for individuals 18-years and older who had originally received the Pfizer vaccine.  At the present time, boosters are not authorized for anyone who has received the Moderna or the Johnson and Johnson vaccines.

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Here are the specific age and qualifying conditions in order for someone to receive their third Pfizer shot (booster shot) - as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control [with emphasis provided by the CDC]:

  • Needs to be at least six months following the second-dose shot
  • Anyone age 65-plus and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster
  • People age 50-64 years of age with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster
  • People age 18-49 years of age with underlying medical conditions may receive  booster
  • People age 18-64 years of age who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure because of occupational or institutional setting (frontline medical workers, educators, school staff, child care personnel, first responders, etc) may receive a booster

Proof of the earlier vaccination will be required to be presented by the patient at the time of the third COVID-19 shot (booster shot).  The following are accepted forms of documentation:

  • COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card
  • Information visible on a phone or tablet through the Docket app. [See directions later in this article]
  • Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC) records.  Click here for more information.  [Note, these requests take approximately six weeks to be fulfilled]
  • A vaccination record print out from your primary care provider

Arriving at the vaccination clinic without one of these accepted forms of COVID-19 vaccination collateral will forfeit the appointment. You'll need to reschedule and bring that documentation at the next scheduled appointment.

To find an appointment at one of the St. Louis County Public Health Clinics near you, click here to get started.  While walk-ins won't be immediately turned away if supply allows, pre-registration is strongly recommended as these clinics have limited capacity.

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If you're interested in using the Docket app, you'll want to download it to your phone or device.  Search "Docket" on the Apple App Store or Google Play.  Or, you can also go to the Docket website and download the app from there.

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When you get your COVID-19 vaccine, you're handed a card that details the date, manufacturer variety, and location of your dose. If you're getting one of the two-dose vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna), you'll need that card to coordinate your second and final dose. But even with the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine and even after getting the second shot, you'll need to keep that card in a safe place.

While nationwide vaccine mandates aren't a thing at the present time, there are a variety of times you might need that card even after completing the vaccine process. Many schools (primary, secondary, and higher education) are requiring the COVID-19 vaccine similar to other vaccinations. Additionally, some entertainment venues and mass transportation are requiring either proof of a negative COVID test or the vaccine card.

So what happens if you lose it? Relax. There are ways of obtaining a replacement - and they differ slightly whether you've lost it before getting both doses or after.

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