Boosters arrive ahead of Minnesota's uncertain COVID-19 fall


September 9, 2022

Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

Linda Boss received a new, variant-specific COVID-19 booster on Tuesday from pharmacist Hannah Walsh at a Walgreens in Arden Hills. Boss then got a flu shot in her other arm.

New COVID-19 vaccine boosters are now widely available in the Twin Cities this week, amid low but persistent pandemic numbers in Minnesota and an uncertain fall and winter.

Pandemic trends in Thursday's weekly state report showed little change - with publicly reported coronavirus infections remaining at about 1,400 per day and Minnesota seeing some four to six COVID-19 deaths per day. The state's death toll is 13,153 since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.

Linda Boss was motivated Tuesday as she became one of the first Minnesotans to receive a new COVID-19 booster, which increases protection against original strains of the coronavirus and also the BA.5 and BA.4 variants that are causing almost all infections right now. The 79-year-old Roseville woman wanted the added protection ahead of a church group trip to Ireland this month to learn about Celtic culture.


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