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Polk County Public Health is encouraging everyone age 6 months and older to get vaccinated against COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines are effective, especially at preventing serious illness and death.
On April 19th, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its COVID-19 vaccine recommendations, aiming to simplify guidance following FDA regulatory action and a CDC advisory committee meeting. Please see the CDC and FDA media statements for additional information.
What has changed:
- Adults age 65 and older and immunocompromised people can get an additional COVID-19 vaccine dose.
- Monovalent (original) COVID-19 mRNA vaccine will no longer be recommended for use in the United States.
- Re-vaccination with bivalent vaccine for primary series is not indicated.
For the most up to date COVID-19 vaccine information, visit:
CDC Stay Up to Date with COVID-19 Vaccine including Boosters
CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Schedule
Polk County Public Health COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics
Polk County Public Health is currently offering Bivalent Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine for both primary and booster doses to those age 6 months and older.
Moderna Bivalent COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers
To schedule an appointment:
* Clinic dates will be added as they approach. If you need assistance scheduling, please call 218-281-3385.
**Parental Consent required for ages 12-17
Vaccine Providers In Polk County
Polk County has many vaccine providers who offer COVID and Flu vaccines. Contact your local clinic or pharmacy to schedule an appointment.
COVID-19 Testing Options
Testing continues to be important for preventing the spread of the virus. It is especially important to get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or had close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
Self-tests can be purchases at your local pharmacy or other retail stores. If you have health insurance, you may be able to get free tests or be reimbursed for costs of purchasing the tests. Visit CMS to learn more or contact your health insurance or local pharmacy for more information.
Every home in Minnesota is also eligible to order up to 12 rapid at-home COVID-19 tests for free, while supplies last. Order Here
Find Local COVID-19 Testing Locations Here
Polk County Public Health has a limited supply of free:
- Rapid Antigen (Nasal) COVID-19 Test
- Mail-in Laboratory Confirmed PCR (Saliva) COVID-19 Tests
For More Information:
Visit the Polk County Coronavirus Response Hub, the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.