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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.
Bivalent booster vaccine eligibility: People ages 5 years and older are recommended to receive one updated bivalent booster at least 2 months after receiving their primary series or previous booster, regardless of prior brand received.
On December 9th, 2022, CDC expanded the use of updated (bivalent) COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 6 months-5 years. Please see the CDC and FDA media statements for additional information.
Evidence is showing that boosters, given at the appropriate time, can help extend protection. The updated bivalent COVID-19 boosters provide protection against newer Omicron variants. For the most up to date COVID-19 vaccine booster 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 offers the Moderna primary series and updated bivalent booster for individuals age 12 and older (other vaccine providers in Polk County are offering COVID-19 vaccines to those 6 months and older). It is recommended to receive a bivalent booster at least 2 months after receiving the primary series or previous booster, regardless of prior brand received.
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.