COVID-19 weekly news: August 16-20

Mayo Clinic to offer COVID-19 vaccination walk-in clinics in Rochester Aug.17-28

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.

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Mayo Clinic to administer an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine to moderately, severely immunocompromised people 12 and older

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.

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Catching up on childhood vaccinations

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.

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Why get vaccinated?

COVID-19 vaccine might: Prevent you from getting COVID-19 or from becoming seriously ill or dying of COVID-19.

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Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Breaking down the booster terminology for COVID-19 vaccines

"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."

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Tips for a healthy school year

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.

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Chantell Canfield

Chantell Canfield is a web content coordinator for Mayo Clinic Laboratories. She began working for Mayo Clinic in 2021.