COVID-19 Vaccine Information

OMC to provide Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine boosters to eligible patients

Information accurate as of October 19, 2021.

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How do I get the COVID-19 booster?

Due to the number of patients eligible, OMC will be prioritizing individuals 65 years of age and older for the Pfizer COVID-19 booster, followed by individuals 18–64 years of age with underlying medical conditions based on CDC recommendations. Olmsted Medical Center will be contacting patients who qualify and providing information on how to schedule an appointment. OMC will reach out through email, OMC MyChart, or the telephone appointment reminder system.

Can someone get the Pfizer COVID-19 booster and the flu vaccination at the same time?

Yes. There is no waiting period between the flu and COVID-19 vaccinations. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

“You can get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines at the same visit. You no longer need to wait 14 days between vaccinations. Experience with other vaccines has shown that the way our bodies develop protection, known as an immune response, after getting vaccinated and possible side effects of vaccines are generally the same when given alone or with other vaccines.”

Who is eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 booster?

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has approved Pfizer COVID-19 booster vaccinations.

  • CDC recommends that the following groups should receive a booster shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after completing their Pfizer primary series (the first 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine):
    • people aged 65 years and older
    • residents aged 18 years and older in long-term care settings
    • people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions
  • CDC also recommends that the following groups may receive a booster shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after completing their Pfizer primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks:
    • people aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions
    • people aged 18–64 years at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting
  • These recommendations only apply to people who previously received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

Where can you learn more?

To learn more about the Pfizer COVID-19 booster, visit the CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html.

 


OMC to provide an additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to moderately and severely immunocompromised patients ages 12+

Information accurate as of August 23, 2021.

It is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) that individuals with moderately and severely immunocompromising conditions should receive an additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This is for individuals who have previously received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.   

Olmsted Medical Center will be contacting patients who qualify and providing information on how to schedule an appointment. OMC will reach out through email, OMC MyChart, or the telephone appointment reminder system by Friday, August 20. Appointments are required, we are not offering walk-in vaccinations.

Appointments are available Tuesday, August 24, and Tuesday, August 31, from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM at the Rochester Northwest Clinic.

As defined by the CDC, individuals with the following conditions should receive an additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Actively receiving treatment for solid tumor and hematologic malignancies (blood cancers).
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking immunosuppressive medication.
  • Received Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-cell therapy (CAR-T-cell) or a stem cell transplant within two years of transplantation or are taking immunosuppression medication.
  • Has moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge or Wiskott-Aldrich syndromes).
  • Has advanced or untreated HIV infection.
  • Actively receiving treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (i.e., ≥20 mg prednisone or equivalent per day), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, TNF (tumor necrosis factor) blockers, and other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory.

We recognize there may be patients who fall outside the CDC guidelines.  If you believe you should receive an additional dose based on your medical history, please contact your primary care provider after August 20.

The additional dose is currently not recommended for individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.


COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Information accurate as of September 1, 2021.

Do you or a family member need to get the COVID vaccine? OMC is scheduling COVID vaccines. Appointments for patients 12 years of age and older will be held on Thursdays, on an ongoing basis. Patients must call 507.292.7300 to schedule their vaccine. There are no walk-in appointments.

  • For information on other vaccination options in Olmsted County, we invite you to visit their website at https://www.olmstedcounty.gov/covid/vaccine.
  • To learn more about vaccinations for 12-15 year olds, visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/adolescents.html.

If OMC’s vaccine days/times do not work for you, visit the MN Vaccine Connector to find a location: https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/connector/