Bivalent booster vaccine appointments available at Mall of America and Duluth state vaccination sites

Press release
September 7, 2022

Appointments are now available for Minnesotans to receive an updated bivalent booster at state vaccination sites at the Mall of America (MOA) and the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC). Additional state sites will open in the coming days.

The first available appointments are already this afternoon at the MOA headquarters and on 11 September at the DECC headquarters. The MOA site will continue to have the same opening hours (Wednesday-Friday from 1pm to 8pm and Saturday from 9am to 4pm) and the DECC will be open on Sunday from 11am to 6pm and Mondays from 12:00 to 19:00 Both sites will offer Pfizer’s bivalent booster.

Along with state vaccination sites, pharmacies are making appointments available for eligible Minnesotan to get their updated booster. Minnesota health systems, local and tribal health agencies, and other health care providers are also ready to provide up-to-date booster shots and will have appointments available.

“Staying up to date on COVID-19 vaccines is a crucial part of protecting our state in the months to come,” said Jan Malcolm, Minnesota’s health commissioner. “Bivalent boosters have been shown to be safe and effective and will be a key tool to help provide better protection against the variants that are currently spreading. I would also encourage eligible Minnesotans who are looking for this upgraded booster to take this opportunity to ensure your entire family is up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations so that they have the best possible protection at the start of school and before the end of year holidays. ”

Variant-specific booster information

Pfizer bivalent booster vaccine is recommended for people 12 years of age and older. Moderna bivalent booster vaccine is recommended for people aged 18 years and over. Both vaccines can be given two months after a series of primary vaccines or a booster vaccination. Bivalent vaccines can only be used for a single booster dose.

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

It is important that everyone stays up to date on the recommended COVID-19 vaccine doses for them. Talk to your doctor or refer to Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines including CDC boosters. COVID-19 vaccines continue to protect people by preventing serious illness and death.

How Minnesotans Can Get A Free COVID-19 Vaccination

  • Contact your doctor or a local pharmacy.
  • Use Find State Vaccine Locations to find vaccine providers near you – providers will update their information as appointments become available.
  • Check out vaccine appointments at Vaccines.gov, where you can search for appointments by vaccine type (eg Pfizer).
  • Beware of vaccination clinics offered in other community locations across Minnesota.

How Minnesotans Can Get a COVID-19 Test

  • Log in or make an appointment for a test at one of the state’s free COVID-19 community testing sites. Test-to-treat options are available in some locations.
  • Order quick tests through the state’s free COVID-19 home quick test program.
  • Check with your insurance company for ways to get free quick tests from pharmacies.
  • Find a testing option near you through the Find State Test Locations map.

Questions about COVID-19

Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Public Hotline: 1-833-431-2053, Mon-Fri, 9: 00-19: 00 and Saturday, 10: 00-18: 00

-MDH-

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