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Updated COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments Now Open at CentraCare Locations

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Appointments are now available to receive the updated COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic location near you by calling CentraCare Connect at 320-200-3200. Vaccination is recommended for all people 6 months of age and older.

The updated COVID-19 vaccine more closely targets the XBB lineage of the Omicron variant and could restore protection against severe COVID-19 that may have decreased over time. It is expected to provide better protection against the variants that are currently making people sick.

If you have not received a COVID-19 vaccine in the past two months, now is the time to get an updated COVID-19 vaccine to protect yourself this fall and winter.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has the below recommendations for receiving the vaccine:

  • Everyone aged 5 years and older should get 1 dose of the updated COVID-19 vaccine to protect against serious illness from COVID-19.
  • Children aged 6 months to 4 years may need multiple doses of COVID-19 vaccines to be up to date, including at least 1 dose of the updated COVID-19 vaccine.
  • People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised may get additional doses of updated COVID-19 vaccine.

It is safe to get a flu shot at the same time as the COVID-19 vaccine. If you'd like to receive both vaccines at your appointment, make that request when calling to schedule.

To schedule an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine:

  • Call CentraCare Connect at 320-200-3200 or
  • Receive the vaccine during a primary care clinic visit.

Vaccination is the best protection against COVID-19-related hospitalization and death, and reduces the chance of having long COVID.

If you get sick, an at-home COVID-19 test can identify a positive infection so you can protect your family, coworkers and your community. If you do test positive to COVID-19, talk with your primary care provider about treatments to reduce the risk of severe illness.

For answers to questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. They detail what is recommended for each age group and what “up-to-date” means.