Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, continues to offer COVID-19 vaccination walk-in clinics for patients, visitors and staff. Anyone 12 and older can attend these walk-in clinics. A parent or guardian needs to accompany children under 18.
The emergency use authorization for the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines has been updated to include a third dose for moderately or severely immunocompromised people 12 and older. Additional doses should be given a minimum of 28 days after completing a messenger RNA vaccination series. The Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines are messenger RNA vaccines.
As students prepare to return to the classroom, it's important to ensure that they keep up with their immunization schedules. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a dramatic drop in routine childhood vaccinations.
A COVID-19 vaccine might: Prevent you from getting COVID-19 or from becoming seriously ill or dying of COVID-19.
"A vaccine booster dose is generally an additional dose above and beyond the primary series needed to achieve protective immunity," says Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group. "So the dose that was approved this past week would be better classified as an 'additional dose' for those who are moderately to severely immunocompromised."
After a year of full or partial distance learning, many students will be headed back into a physical classroom this fall. In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a pediatric infectious diseases physician at Mayo Clinic Children's Center, offers some tips for a healthy school year.