Governor Walz receives second COVID-19 booster vaccine

(ABC 6 news) – Governor Tim Walz and Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm received their second COVID-19 vaccine booster shots today at St. Paul Corner Drug, a full-service independent pharmacy in St. Paul.

“Getting vaccinated is the best and easiest way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19,” said Governor Walz. “I encourage all Minnesotans to talk to their health care provider and get their second booster when it’s recommended. It’s never too late to get vaccinated and keep up the fight against COVID-19.”

“The evidence continues to show that COVID-19 vaccination and boosters help protect against severe illness, hospitalizations and death,” said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm. “Second booster doses are available now for those who are 50 and older, as well as those 12 and older with certain underlying conditions and those 18 and older who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for their initial and booster doses. Staying up to date on COVID-19 vaccination is a great way to help protect yourself and those around you.”

Federal health officials recently authorized second booster doses for certain people who would benefit most. This includes:

  • People 50 and older;
  • People 12 and older with certain immunocompromising conditions; and
  • People age 18 and older who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for both their initial dose and booster dose.

Minnesotans can learn more about booster shot eligibility, and find a location near them, at COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots.

Currently, more than 263,000 Minnesotans have received their second booster.

Governor Walz’s visit to St. Paul Corner Drug today continues his celebration of Small Business Week in the state of Minnesota and follows visits yesterday to small businesses in Minnesota.

More information on the COVID-19 booster shots is available on the Minnesota Department of Health’s website.