Pfizer booster authorized for specific at-risk groups

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have authorized the Pfizer COVID-19 booster vaccine six months following completion of the initial COVID-19 vaccination series for the following groups:

  • People ages 65 and older.
  • People ages 18 to 64 at high risk of severe COVID-19.
  • People ages 18 to 64 whose frequent institutional or occupational exposure to COVID-19 puts them at high risk of serious complications of COVID-19. This group includes health care workers, teachers and daycare staff, grocery workers, and those in homeless shelters or prisons along with others.

Mayo Clinic offers COVID-19 booster vaccinations to all eligible people. If you are a Mayo Clinic patient and are 65 years old or older, Mayo Clinic will contact you through Patient Online Services or by letter asking you to schedule an appointment.

Other people can schedule an appointment for a booster vaccination if it has been six months past an initial Pfizer vaccination series and you are:

  • 50 to 64 years old with underlying medical conditions.
  • 18 to 49 years old with underlying medical conditions, based on individual benefit and risk.
  • At least 18 years old and your institutional or occupational exposure to COVID-19 puts you at high risk of severe infection. This group includes but is not limited to health care workers, teachers and daycare staff, grocery workers, and those in homeless shelters or prisons.

If you meet these criteria, you can schedule your appointment through Patient Online Services or call 507-538-4040. You will not receive an email or letter asking you to schedule this appointment. For more information on how to schedule an appointment through Patient Online Services, please view this video.

These Pfizer COVID-19 booster vaccinations are advised for people who have received the Pfizer vaccine for their initial vaccination series. We are still waiting for guidance from the CDC and FDA for people who have received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines for their initial vaccination series.

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Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine receives full approval from FDA

After a full review of the scientific data, the Food and Drug administration (FDA) has provided full approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for those 16 years of age and older. It is no longer under emergency use authorization for adults. It is also still available for those aged 12 to 16 under the emergency use authorization.

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Third dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for immunocompromised patients

Some patients may still need their third dose of either the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna). This third dose is available for patients who are moderately to severely immunocompromised.

If you are eligible to receive an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine at Mayo Clinic and are a Mayo Clinic patient, you will receive a notification through Patient Online Services or via the U.S. Postal Service if you do not have a Patient Online Services account. You can schedule an appointment through Patient Online Services on the web or through the Mayo Clinic app. Eligible patients can also call 507-538-4040 to schedule an appointment.

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Walk-in vaccine clinics

Mayo Clinic is offering convenient walk-in clinics for domestic and international patients and visitors. No appointments necessary.

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For Mayo Clinic patients

Patients age 12 and older are now eligible to be vaccinated.

If you’re 13 or older, you can self-schedule a vaccination appointment now:

  • Use your Patient Online Services account to schedule an appointment online or through the Mayo Clinic app.
  • Call the Rochester campus Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time or weekends from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Central time: 507-538-4040.

If you don’t have a Patient Online Services account, call Mayo Clinic Customer Assistance at 877-858-0398 (toll-free) between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday, to create your account. Patients ages 13 through 18 must have a parent or guardian present during that phone call.

To schedule a vaccination appointment for your 12-year-old:

  • Create a Patient Online Services caregiver account and schedule an appointment online or through the Mayo Clinic app. To do this, you’ll need your own Patient Online Services account as well as your child’s Mayo Clinic number.
  • Call the Rochester campus Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time or weekends from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Central time: 507-538-4040.

Go to Patient Online Services

You may also check the VaccineFinder page at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, which lists vaccination information for many U.S. locations. If you find an earlier opportunity to be vaccinated through another provider, you should take it.

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Not a Mayo Clinic patient?

All Minnesotans are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. As Mayo Clinic attempts to meet the needs of all our patients and communities we serve, we encourage people from our Minnesota community who are not Mayo Clinic patients to be vaccinated through Public Health, through the Minnesota Department of Health website.

Check MN State Guidelines

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Mayo Clinic Health System patients

Visit the Mayo Clinic Health System vaccination information page for information on eligibility and scheduling an appointment.

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