Polk County Public Health is following the COVID-19 situation closely. View our COVID-19 response updates on the Polk County Coronavirus Response Hub.
Polk County Public Health Services provides a broad range of services to individuals, families, and communities to promote and protect the health of those who live and work in Polk County. The focus is on promoting healthy families and communities; supporting disabled, mentally ill, and elderly persons to live independently; preventing and responding to emerging diseases and health threats; and identifying and preventing environmental health risks. Our department fosters partnerships with many organizations, businesses, and community groups to address and resolve health issues and concerns.
COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics:
Polk County Public Health is encouraging everyone age 12 and older to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The following groups are also eligible to receive a single booster dose. We ask that the public not request a booster shot before you are eligible.
- If it has been at least 6 months since completing a primary series of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine or Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, a booster dose can be given to those:
- 65 years of age and older
- 18 through 64 years of age at high risk of severe COVID-19
- 18 through 64 years of age with frequent institutional or occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2
- If it has been at least 2 months since completing a primary dose of Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) COVID-19 Vaccine, a booster dose can be given to individuals 18 years of age and older.
While it will be important to get your booster shot, you should only get it when it is recommended, not earlier. A booster given too early may not be as effective at increasing protection.
In addition, the use of all available COVID-19 vaccines as a heterologous (or “mix and match”) booster dose in eligible individuals following completion of any primary COVID-19 vaccination is allowed.
*Parental consent required for ages 12-17
Pfizer Clinics (Ages 12 and up)
October 28th, 2021
Moderna Clinics (Ages 18 and up)
October 28th, 2021
November 4th, 2021
Minnesota has launched ‘Kids Deserve a Shot,’ a vaccine incentives program rewarding Minnesotans 12-17 years old for completing their COVID-19 vaccine series. Parents/guardians can register their fully vaccinated child for a $200 Visa gift card or Enter to win a $100,000 scholarship.
For more information visit: https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/vaccine-rewards/kids-deserve-a-shot/index.jsp
Area health care systems continue to conduct COVID-19 testing for individuals who meet their screening criteria. Individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider for guidance prior to going to a clinic or office.
COVID-19 Minnesota Department of Health Hotlines
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Polk County Public Health are monitoring COVID-19 (coronavirus) closely. For the most up to date information, visit the Polk County Coronavirus Response Hub, the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.
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Reporting Health Emergencies
- If you are ill, see your health care provider. To report an emergency, call 911.
- To report a Public Health emergency call 218-281-0431 or 911. Polk County Sheriff's Office will contact Public Health in the event of a Public Health emergency.
- If you are a physician wanting to report Reportable Infectious Diseases, please call 651-201-5414 or 877-676-5414.