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Posted on: October 7, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics being held every Thursday at Rice County Public Health

320 NW 3rd Street, Faribault -- Pfizer Booster Doses now available   

Rice County Public Health continues to host COVID-19 vaccination clinics every Thursday. These clinics are open to anyone 12 years and older.

First and second doses continue to be available for those who have not been vaccinated or haven’t completed their primary series and Pfizer boosters are  now available for certain groups, based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance.

The CDC recommends these people SHOULD  get a booster shot of Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine at least 6 months after completing the first two doses of Pfizer vaccine:

  • People 65 and older
  • Residents 18 and older in long-term care settings
  • People 50–64 years with specific underlying medical conditions (see below)

CDC recommends these people MAY get a booster shot of Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine at least 6 months after completing the first two doses of Pfizer:

  • People 18–49 years with specific underlying medical conditions
  • Health care workers and front-line essential workers ages 18-64 (see below)

Medical Conditions that qualify:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic lung diseases (including COPD, asthma, interstitial lung disease, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension)
  • Dementia or other neurological conditions
  • Diabetes (type 1 or type 2)
  • Down syndrome
  • Heart conditions (such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies, hypertension)
  • HIV infection
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system)
  • Liver disease
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease or thalassemia
  • Smoking, current or former
  • Solid organ or blood stem cell transplant
  • Stroke or cerebrovascular disease, which affects blood flow to the brain
  • Substance use disorders

Occupations that qualify:

  • First responders (healthcare worker, firefighter, police, congregate care staff)
  • Education staff (teacher, support staff, daycare worker)
  • Food or agriculture worker
  • Manufacturing worker
  • Corrections worker
  • U.S. Postal Service worker
  • Public transit worker
  • Grocery store worker

COVID-19 vaccines are widely available from local healthcare providers, pharmacies and local public health.

Registration links to make an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination at Rice County Public Health can be found on our website at   

If you need help registering online, call Rice County Public Health at 507-332-5928, 507-332-5922, 507-332-5911 or 507-333-3818 and staff with help you get registered.

The best line of defense again COVID-19 is vaccination. 72.6% of Minnesota residents 12 years and older have received one dose of COVID-19 however only 65.3% in Rice County. Let’s go Rice County residents -- now is the time to “Roll Up Your Sleeve” and get vaccinated to protect yourself and your community! _____________________________________________________________________________________


Deb Purfeerst, Rice County Public Health Director (507) 332-6111

Sara Folsted, Rice County Administrator (507) 332-6121


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