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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

CentraCare Notifying Patients of Booster Eligibility Through MyChart

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

With the recent recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) surrounding the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 booster dose, CentraCare is working to provide a booster dose to those who qualify.

The Minnesota Department of Health and CDC recommend that the following SHOULD receive a booster dose at least six months after the second dose:

MDH and CDC recommend that the following MAY receive a booster dose at least six months after the second dose:

  • Age 18-49 with qualifying medical conditions and person believes the benefit of the booster dose outweighs the risk for their personal medical and risk profile.
  • Age 18-64 who are at higher risk of transmission and exposure due to their living or occupational setting

Patients who are eligible will be notified via MyChart and will have the ability to schedule through MyChart or by calling CentraCare Connect at 320-200-3200. If you do not have MyChart account, please sign up. CentraCare is working to administer the booster dose to those most vulnerable to COVID-19 and those who completed their vaccine series more than six months ago.

CentraCare's priority continues to be vaccinating those who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine. According to the CDC, nearly all the cases of severe disease, hospitalization and death from COVID-19 continue to occur among those not yet vaccinated. Hospitalization rates are 10 to 22 times higher among the unvaccinated compared to vaccinated adults.

Guidance on booster doses for those who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccines is expected in the coming weeks, according to the CDC.

For healthy, fully vaccinated patients looking for a booster shot, we are also awaiting further guidance before scheduling appointments.