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St. Louis County to change testing hours next week

The county will hold vaccine clinics in Hermantown, Duluth and Virginia next week. If the CDC approves emergency use of the Pfizer vaccine in children ages 5-11 next week, the county will not be offering them vaccines at those clinics.

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St. Louis County has two 28-foot trailers that serve as mobile testing sites and vaccine clinics. Tyler Schank / 2021 file / Duluth News Tribune
Tyler Schank

St. Louis County Public Health will change its COVID-19 testing days on the Iron Range next week now that the state has a rapid testing site in Hibbing.

The county will offer free tests in Eveleth from 1-5 p.m. Wednesdays at the Eveleth Auditorium, 421 Jackson St., and on Fridays in Virginia from 1-4 p.m. at the St. Louis County Public Works Facility, 7823 Minnesota Highway 135, according to a news release from the county.

St. Louis County is also offering booster doses for all three COVID-19 vaccines. Those eligible include anyone age 65 and older; anyone age 18 and older who works or lives in a setting putting them at high risk of exposure; and those with underlying medical conditions. Those with two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines can get a booster dose after six months of the second dose. The Johnson & Johnson booster is recommended two months after the initial dose.

Vaccine opportunities next week:

  • 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, Shrine Meeting and Event Center, 5152 Miller Trunk Highway, Hermantown.
  • 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, St. Louis County Government Services Center, 320 W. Second St., Duluth.
  • 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, St. Louis County Government Services Center, 201 S. Third Ave. W., Virginia.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the Pfizer vaccine for emergency use in children age 5-11 on Friday. If the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approves the vaccine for that age group next week, the county will not be offering them vaccines at any of those clinics, as specific clinics for children are being planned, the county's release said.
Walk-ins will be accommodated at the vaccine clinics, but appointments are recommended. To make an appointment, visit stlouiscountymn.gov/vaccineregistration .

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