Minnesota to start giving Moderna, J&J booster shots to recommended individuals

(ABC 6 News) – Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced Friday the state would begin administering Moderna and Johnson and Johnson booster shots to recommended Minnesotans.

According to guidance from the CDC, Minnesotans who got the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine can now get a booster at least six months after their initial series if they are:

  • 65 years and older
  • Age 18 and older and live in long-term care settings
  • Age 18 and older and have underlying medical conditions
  • Age 18 and older and work or live in high-risk settings

All Minnesotans age 18 and older who got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are recommended to get a booster shot at least 2 months after their initial vaccine.

Minnesota providers offering the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccine are now able to offer booster doses to eligible Minnesotans. The state has enough vaccine to provide shots to everyone who needs one – both primary series doses and boosters. Vaccine providers include pharmacies (many of which accept walk-ins), health care systems, community clinics, local public health agencies, and tribal health agencies.

Those seeking a booster shot can visit mn.gov/vaccine to find a provider near them to schedule an appointment or find a walk-in clinic.

“Federal authorization of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 booster doses means more Minnesotans will be able to maximize their protection against COVID-19,” said Governor Walz.

“As a Johnson & Johnson recipient myself, I am excited to be able to get boosted protection against this virus, especially as the weather gets colder, the holidays approach, and more of our interactions and activities move indoors. Minnesotans who are recommended to get a booster should roll up their sleeves and get their shot.”