State health officials say high-risk elderly Minnesotans and health care workers would likely be first in line for COVID booster shots, as federal officials announced their plan as expected.  Kris Ehresmann with the Minnesota Department of Health says the state’s vaccination program focused on high-risk elderly and health-care workers when it began last December:

“If we’re looking at duration of protection and persistence of antibody, those are likely groups that would be the first indicated for a booster.”

C-D-C guidelines call for a booster shot eight months after people receive their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.  Officials says those who received the Johnson-and-Johnson vaccine will likely also need extra shots, but they’re waiting for additional data.  State officials say there will be plenty of vaccine available because not everyone will need a booster shot at the same time.   It’s in response to surging cases of the delta variant and indications that the vaccine’s effectiveness weakens over time.