UPDATED: Mayo, Gundersen offering COVID-19 vaccine booster for 12 to 15-year-olds

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — Mayo Clinic and Gundersen Health Systems are offering the Pfizer COVID-19 booster vaccine to 12- to 15-year-olds starting this week.

The head of Mayo Clinic’s vaccine research, Dr. Gregory Poland, said, the decision reflects FDA guidelines.

“Just as we predicted, we have a major surge right after the holidays because of travel, and people getting together and not adhering to masking and immunization guidelines,” said Poland. “Now guess what will happen as you take all of those exposed millions of people and put them in congregate settings like college dormitories and school classrooms? Of course, we’re going to see more cases. There’s just no question about it.”

Parents can schedule an appointment for their kids at 608-775-6829 at the Gundersen vaccine clinics, which are open 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. Monday through Friday Gundersen La Crosse Clinic Level 1 and Gundersen Onalaska Clinic Level 4.

Both patients and non-patients can get their vaccines from Gundersen.

Eligible kids and adults can get a Pfizer COVID vaccine booster 5 months after their second dose. A third dose of the primary series is recommended for immunocompromised children.

Visit gundersenhealth.org/vaccine to learn more about Gundersen’s COVID vaccine offerings.

COVID-19 vaccination booster or flu vaccination, or a COVID-19 test, by contacting Mayo Clinic Health System using Patient Online Services or by calling 608-392-7400.

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