Polk County Public Health is partnering with the Minnesota Department of Health to hold some community COVID-19 vaccine clinics this week and next week at various locations in Crookston, East Grand Forks and Fertile.

The clinics will provide Pfizer’s primary vaccine and the new bivalent booster vaccine to individuals over 12 years of age who have not yet received their primary doses or are seeking the new boosters for the latest primary or Omicron variants. “The Pfizer vaccine, would you be interested in the primary doses if you haven’t gotten them yet and you’ve decided now is the right time for you,” Polk County Public Health Director Sarah Reese explained. “Or if you want to get a bivalent booster, they will be available in five different options over the next few weeks.” The first clinic will be held Monday, Sept. 26, at the Crookston Public Library from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. The second will will be on Tuesday, September 27, at the East Grand Forks Polk County Public Health Service at the East Grand Forks Human Service Center from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. For those unable to come to the clinics during the week, the Public Library Crookston will hold another clinic on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and the East Grand Forks Polk Public Health Office will have another clinic the same day from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The last clinic will be held at the Fertile Community Center on Wednesday, October 5, from 3:30 to 7:45 p.m. Pre-registration is recommended before coming to the clinics, either on the Department of Public Health website or by call 218-281-3385. However, walk-ins are also welcome and the clinic registration process will be done before you receive the vaccinations.

Along with the Pfizer and bivalent vaccines, the clinics will also have Moderna’s vaccine available for those wishing to get the shot. For those who don’t know about the bivalent vaccine, it’s a new vaccine that was released earlier this month that boosts immunity against the coronavirus strain. “The new bivalent boosters contain an updated formula that boosts immunity against the original strain of coronavirus, but also protects against the newer Omicron variants that people are talking about,” Sarah Rees explained. “Actually, the Omicron variants are really what accounts for most of our current cases, so that’s the reason to move to the bivalent vaccine so that there’s more protection for what we’re seeing right now with the COVID virus.” The Department of Public health is partnering with the Minnesota Department of Health for more clinics through December in case the need for vaccinations for COVID or another illness arises again. In addition to these clinics, Polk County Public Health has other clinics that provide several times throughout the month where people can get the COVID and flu shot. “We are working with the Minnesota Department of Health to offer Pfizer’s vaccine in these community COVID vaccine clinics. Our Public Health Service also has clinics, but local pharmacies and clinics also have access to the vaccine,” Sarah Rees explained. Everyone’s situation is slightly different, the recommendations for people who may be younger children or people who may be immune or compromised have some different recommendations, so if you have any questions you can contact the Polk County Public Health or talk to your local pharmacist or your health care professional or their nurses. They can help you find the easiest place for you to get everything you need. There are a variety of people who are able and willing to help you.” The complete schedule for these and upcoming clinics can be found by visiting the Polk County Public Health website at https://www.co.polk.mn.us/ 512/COVID-19-Vaccine-Clinics.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Minnesota Department of Health and Polk County Public Health recommend that everyone be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations, primary and booster doses. If you have any questions, contact your doctor, pharmacist or Public Health Service to get answers to your questions and help you make an informed decision about what to do. To register for any of the upcoming clinics in Crookston, East Grand Forks and Fertile, you can go to www.co.polk.mn.us/536/Community-COVID-19-Vaccine-Clinics and click on your desired event to register for.

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