More Minnesotans getting booster shots as COVID-19 wave worsens
Health officials call for extra vigilance amid a surge in infections among fully vaccinated
November 30, 2021
Minnesota ranks second among states with 31% of vaccinated adults receiving COVID-19 booster doses, but health officials said more such shots are needed amid a lingering pandemic wave and the threat of a new viral variant.
The omicron variant found in South Africa might reach Minnesota some day, but waning immunity and the fast-spreading delta variant present risks right now for people who are unvaccinated or due for boosters, said Michael Osterholm of the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy.
"Every day they haven't gotten a booster they are becoming more susceptible to infection," he said.