COVID-19 Vaccinations

Boynton Health offers COVID-19 vaccines by appointment to U of M students, faculty, staff, retirees, and alumni.

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone ages 5 and over be vaccinated as soon as possible.  COVID-19 vaccines are available to everyone at no cost, regardless of their immigration or health insurance status.  A third dose is recommended for those who are immunocompromised and booster shots are recommended to everyone age 12 and older.   

As part of a greater effort to #StopTheSpreadUMN of highly contagious COVID-19 variants, surgical masks (or masks with a higher degree of protection such as KN95 or N95) are now required to enter Boynton Health facilities. This requirement takes effect immediately and includes Boynton Health’s clinics on the East Bank, West Bank, and St. Paul as well as any immunization clinics or physical therapy appointments at RecWell. Surgical masks will be provided at our entrances to those who are wearing a cloth mask.

 

Amid surges of highly contagious variants, such as Omicron, it is more important now than ever to brush up on other basic prevention strategies to help #StopTheSpreadUMN such as:

  • Get your flu shot and the COVID-19 Vaccine + booster to help reduce illness
  • Getting tested for COVID-19 
  • Wearing a well-fitted mask wherever you go
  • Staying home if you are feeling sick
  • Washing your hands frequently
  • Limiting any indoor activities that involve gathering for extended periods of time

When should I get my booster vaccination?

  • Anyone who has received a dose of Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccination should get a booster dose 2 months (or later) after their initial dose.
  • Anyone who has received their second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna should get a booster dose 5 months (or later) after their second dose.  

When should I get a second booster vaccination?

  • Anyone age 50 or older should get a second booster dose at least 4 months after their first booster dose.
  • Anyone ages 12-49 who have certain immunocompromising conditions should get a second booster dose at least 4 months after their first booster dose.
  • Anyone ages 18 or older who received a Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine for their initial dose and a booster dose should get a second booster dose at least 4 months after their first booster dose.

Scheduling a vaccination appointment

Both Pfizer and Moderna primary series and  booster appointments are available through vaccination clinics. Check for availability here: Covid 19 Vaccination Sign Up.

CDC recommendations allow mix and match dosing for booster shots.

There is limited availability at Boynton for primary vaccination series, 3rd dose and booster appointments. If you are unable to schedule an appointment with Boynton, use the MN Department of Health Vaccine Connector to locate an appointment near you.

**You must bring documentation of your previous vaccinations to receive a booster.  We will not be able to vaccinate you unless you have your vaccination documentation.

Recommendations for those who have received COVID-19 Vaccines outside of the United States:

  1. Those who have received an FDA-approved or FDA-authorized vaccine:
    • If you have completed a series, you are eligible for a booster dose 5 months after your last dose.
    • If you have not completed a series, you are eligible to complete the series with an mRNA dose (Pfizer or Moderna).
  2. Those who have completed a series with a vaccine on the WHO emergency use list but not approved or authorized by the FDA OR have received one dose from the WHO emergency use list and one dose approved or authorized by the FDA:
    • If you are immunocompromised, you are eligible for an additional Pfizer dose 28 days after your last dose.
    • You are eligible for a Pfizer booster dose 5 months after your last dose.
  3. Those who have received only one dose of a vaccine from the WHO emergency use list but not approved or authorized by the FDA:
    • You are eligible for a Pfizer dose at least 28 days after your last dose.
    • If you are immunocompromised, you are also eligible for an additional Pfizer dose 28 days later.
    • You will be eligible for a Pfizer booster dose 5 months after your last dose.
  4. Those who have received any vaccine not on the WHO emergency use list:
    • You are eligible for a primary series of FDA-approved or FDA-authorized vaccine.
    • You are not eligible for a booster dose, at this time.

More specifics regarding these recommendations can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Questions can be directed to 612-624-7655 or covid19vaccine@umn.edu.

 

Please contact the Boynton Nurse Line at 612-625-7900 with any medical questions.