State officials are discouraging Minnesotans — except those whose immune systems are compromised — from trying to get a booster dose of the COVID vaccine before expected guidance comes out from the federal government. State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm:
“You could actually be doing yourselves a disservice if you try to get a booster prematurely, ’cause you’ll be essentially wasting protective time for the vaccine’s effectiveness.”
The state Health Department’s Kris Ehresmann says:
“When there is a recommendation for a booster — should we get that official word — there will be plenty of vaccine available for people.”
Ehresmann says because people were vaccinated at different times, they wouldn’t all have to get a booster shot at the same time. According to national reports, federal health officials could soon recommend a booster dose of COVID vaccine eight months after someone has received their second shot.