Do you want to get a Covid booster? Doctors say you may have to wait

minneapolis – For the first time, vaccines for all three major respiratory viruses – COVID, RSV and flu – are available this autumn. But the latest COVID shot, approved just two weeks ago, is still in progress.

“So there are some shipments coming out. You know, they may not be in your pharmacy or your clinic immediately. But it’s something that we can get to you over the next few weeks to a month,” Dr. George said Morris, medical director of wellness at CentraCare.

“We don’t have the vaccine yet. So it’s not hidden, we don’t have it anywhere yet in our pharmacies to get it out. And so all across the metro, people are really waiting for that vaccine to get it. To come in to be able to deliver and so we’re hoping that should start coming in the next week or so,” said Dr. Kate Hurst, a primary care physician with Hennepin Healthcare.

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Meanwhile, people who are looking for a new or old vaccine to protect against Covid will have to wait.

“We were using what we called a bivalent booster, it was designed to improve the original COVID-19 vaccines that we received. When this new vaccine was approved, it replaced that bivalent booster Lee and so we stopped using it because the new kind of clearance takes away the old clearance,” Hurst explained.

Once supply catches up with demand, doctors are encouraging anyone 6 months and older to get the updated shot, but especially seniors, people with weakened immune systems, pregnant people and children. Including people in high-risk groups.

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“Getting the vaccine is another tool to make sure that your body is best equipped to fight that virus without any serious side effects, and hopefully prevent long-term COVID in the future,” Hurst said. “Any risk of this will be mitigated.”

The Minnesota Department of Health says, for the first time, you may have to pay to get a COVID vaccine.

Minnesotans with health insurance are encouraged to talk to their provider and check their coverage before scheduling a vaccine appointment.

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