Nov 30, 2023 - Health

One in four Minnesotans have the new COVID shot, per the CDC

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One in four Minnesotans are up to date on their COVID-19 boosters, according to the latest CDC survey data.

The big picture: The share of Minnesotans who have received the new shot has fallen dramatically since earlier in the pandemic. But the state's numbers are currently well above rates across most of the country.

Why it matters: The boosters, which were reformulated to target newer strains of the virus, can provide protection from more serious illness as immunity from past infections or shots wane.

By the numbers: An estimated 26.8% of Minnesotans had received an updated vaccine as of Nov. 18, according to data released this week. Only Vermont (33.2%), and Washington, D.C. (30.1%) fared better, our Axios Vitals colleagues note.

  • Mississippi (5.4%), Louisiana (8.2%), and Florida (8.3%) had the nation's lowest rates.

What we're watching: Local wastewater data showed COVID levels climbing as of mid-November, APM Research Lab reports, though viral activity remained well below where it was at this point in each of the last three years.

Yes, but: Hospitalizations are also creeping up, per Minnesota Department of Health data released Thursday.

Be smart: COVID isn't the only illness circulating in the Twin Cities right now. The MDH data shows the number of patients seeking care for flu-like illnesses ticking up.

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