As the federal government moves to expand who is eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot, St. Louis County Public Health reminds the public that it continues to offer vaccination appointments.

The county still offers the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines to anyone who hasn't been vaccinated, while also offering vaccinations to those eligible for a booster or third dose.

Booster shots are currently only available to recipients of the Pfizer vaccine who completed their series at least six months ago. Eligible Pfizer recipients include anyone age 65 and older; those at least 18 years old who work in a long-term care setting or high-risk setting; and those who live in high-risk settings or have underlying conditions.

Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not yet authorized boosters of the Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines, third doses of the Moderna have been approved for immunocompromised individuals.

Third doses differ from booster shots in that they are for people who need an extra dose in order to receive the same level of immunity as someone without immune system limitations, St. Louis County's spokesperson Dana Kazel said. Booster shots, on the other hand, are given to people after a vaccine loses its effectiveness over time.

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"We do not expect to give many third doses simply because the people who should get it — those identified as immunocompromised — likely are already under medical supervision and thus are probably going to get the third dose from their doctor," Kazel said.

The FDA is expected to authorize booster shots for the Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines this week.

Vaccine opportunities in St. Louis County

  • Shriners Center and Meeting Facility, 5152 Miller Trunk Highway, Hermantown, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday.
  • One Roof Community Housing, 12 E. Fourth St., Duluth, 1-3 p.m. Wednesday.
  • Community Action Duluth, 2424 W. Fifth St., #102, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday.

  • St. Louis County Government Services Center, 320 W. Second St., Duluth, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday.
  • St. Louis County Government Services Center, 201 S. Third Ave. W., Duluth, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday.

Vaccine opportunities next week in St. Louis County:

  • Salvation Army, 215 S. 27th Ave. W., Duluth, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 28.

  • Damiano Center, 206 W. Fourth St., Duluth, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 28.

  • St. Louis County Government Services Center, 320 W. Second St., Duluth, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 29.

  • St. Louis County Government Services Center in Virginia, 201 S. Third Ave. W., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 29.

Appointments are recommended and walk-ins will be accommodated when possible. Register for an appointment at stlouiscountymn.gov/departments-a-z/public-health-human-services/public-health/covid-19/vaccine-opportunities.

The county is also offering free COVID-19 saliva tests on the Iron Range three days a week with no appointment needed.

Testing opportunities on the Iron Range:

  • Eveleth Auditorium, 421 Jackson St., 1-5 p.m. Mondays.
  • AEOA parking lot, 702 S. Third Ave., Virginia, 8 a.m.-noon Tuesdays. The testing site will eventually moved to Iron Trail Motors Event Center, 919 Sixth St. S., Virginia, once the parking lot is paved.

  • Lion's Club, 700 Ninth Ave. N., Virginia, 1-4 p.m. Fridays.