FARGO — Health care providers in the Fargo-Moorhead area are beginning to offer third COVID-19 vaccine shots to populations authorized to get a booster.

The amended authorization applies only to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine are not approved to receive a booster dose at this time.

Federal officials have authorized booster shots of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine six months after the second dose for specific populations, including:

  • People aged 65 and older and residents of long-term care facilities
  • People aged 50-64 with underlying medical conditions that make them especially susceptible to severe COVID-19
  • People aged 18-49 with specific medical conditions, based on an assessment of their individual benefits and risks
  • People in the 18-64 age group who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission based on their occupational or institutional settings.

As of Friday evening, Sept. 24, three local health care providers had announced booster shot plans:

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Fargo Cass Public Health

Beginning on Saturday, Oct. 2, and continuing on Saturdays through the end of October, Fargo Cass Public Health will hold "Booster Blitz" COVID-19 vaccine clinics.

The clinics are intended solely for individuals authorized to receive a booster dose.

The clinics will take place at the main FCPH location at 1240 25th St. S., in Fargo, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Saturday in October.

To streamline traffic flow, pre-registration is required and walk-ins will not be accepted.

Consult the links below to make an appointment:

Saturday, Oct. 2

https://www.ndvax.org//appointment/en/reg/3012935569

Saturday, Oct. 9

https://www.ndvax.org//appointment/en/reg/5369540921

Saturday, Oct. 16

https://www.ndvax.org//appointment/en/reg/5911650732

Saturday, Oct. 23

https://www.ndvax.org//appointment/en/reg/9110236155

Saturday, Oct. 30

https://www.ndvax.org//appointment/en/reg/0315621529

Cass County Public Health said it has contacted people who received their second doses of Pfizer vaccine through Fargo Cass Public Health, via email, text and paper letters that will be mailed out by Saturday, Sept. 25.

Additional information about ‘Booster Blitz’ clinics is available on the FCPH website: www.FargoCassPublicHealth.com/covidbooster.

At the current time, boosters will be offered at the Saturday clinics only, while Tuesdays and Fridays will be dedicated to those needing their first or second dose of vaccine. Additional information is available on the FCPH website: www.FargoCassPublicHealth.com/covidvaccine.

Essentia Health

Essentia Health announced that by Wednesday, Sept. 29, Essentia patients and non-patients alike in approved groups may schedule a vaccine booster appointment via the provider's MyChart patient portal.

Individuals may also call 833-494-0836 to schedule a vaccine appointment.

Additionally, Essentia Health pharmacies will offer vaccination opportunities.

Click here to learn more about the COVID vaccines and options for receiving a shot at Essentia.

Separate from the Pfizer vaccine booster approval, Essentia Health noted that federal officials previously had approved a third dose of mRNA vaccine — Pfizer or Moderna — for moderately to severely immunocompromised people as soon as 28 days after their second shot.

Sanford Health

Sanford Health said it will be offering COVID-19 booster shots for authorized populations starting Tuesday, Sept. 28.

Individuals will be able to schedule a booster shot via their MySanford Chart, or by calling their primary care provider.

Anyone with questions about Sanford Health's booster shot availability may call 877-701-0779.

For more Sanford Health vaccine information visit:

https://www.sanfordhealth.org/conditions-diseases/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/vaccine

Clay County

Clay County Public Health said Friday that no booster shot clinics had yet been scheduled.

Clay County Public Health vaccination information can be found here: https://claycountymn.gov/1597/Vaccination-Information.