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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

Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune

A critical care nurse prepares an intubated COVID-19 patient for X-Rays earlier this month in the 4A Intensive Care Unit at the M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center.

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.


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