SCMC has the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and the booster (ages 6mos+) available.
Schedule an appointment by clicking on the age group below or by calling (320) 589-7600.
We have precautions in place for your safety. We continue to follow CDC guidelines for medical facilities and all patients and visitors are required to wear a mask or face covering while at SCMC.
Visit the MDH website for the latest information on the COVID -19 guidelines.
- Children aged 6 months through 4 years should get three doses of the Pfizer vaccine for 6 months through 4-year-olds or two doses of the Moderna vaccine for 6 months through 5 year-olds. Children should get the same type of vaccine for all doses of their primary vaccine series.
- The Pfizer primary vaccine series is three doses. The second dose is given three to eight weeks** after the first dose and the third dose is given eight weeks after the second dose. *SCMC carries the Pfizer vaccine only*
- The Moderna primary vaccine series is two doses. The second dose is given four to eight weeks** after the first dose.
- Your provider can help you schedule all recommended doses while getting your first.
- The vaccine for this age group is a smaller dose than the vaccine for older children and adults.
- Booster doses are not yet recommended for this age group.
For people who have a known exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, we encourage them to follow Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) quarantine guidelines and practice strict mask wearing for the entire 10 days. If symptoms develop, a test can be scheduled.
SCMC has testing available Monday-Friday between 9am - 1pm. You don’t need to see a provider to be tested, but you do need to call for an appointment at (320) 589-7636. Please present to the Urgent & Respiratory Clinic.
- If you are symptomatic or had a close contact exposure and don’t need to see a provider, you can call for an appointment (320) 589-7636, and go to the Northside of SCMC by the Urgent & Respiratory Clinic entrance. Please look for the large red sign, call or text (320) 349-0166 and wait in your vehicle for directions.
- NOTE: If you are asymptomatic and it is for work, travel, or pre-op surgical procedures, you can go to the main entrance to check in. A lab appointment is still required.
- Body aches
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of taste and or smell
- Sore throat
Adults ages 18 and older
CDC recommends a booster of either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for: [ 1 ]
- Most people, at least 5 months after the final dose in the primary series
- People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised, at least 3 months after the final dose in the primary series
CDC recommends a 2nd booster of either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months after the 1st booster for:
- Adults ages 50 years and older
Children and teens ages 12-17 years
CDC recommends a booster of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for: [ 1 ]
- Most children and teens, at least 5 months after the final dose in the primary series
- Children and teens who are moderately or severely immunocompromised, at least 3 months after the final dose in the primary series
CDC recommends a 2nd booster of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months after the 1st booster for children and teens who are moderately or severely immunocompromised.
Children ages 11 years and under
CDC recommends a booster of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for:
- Most children, at least 5 months after the final dose in the primary series
- Children who are moderately or severely immunocompromised, at least 3 months after the final dose in the primary series
Up to Date: Immediately after getting 1st booster.
CDC does not recommend 2nd boosters for anyone in this age group at this time
6 MONTHS–4 YEARS
Boosters are not recommended for anyone in this age group at this time.
Due to updated CMS regulations and the overall decrease in Covid cases in our area, SCMC has lifted visitor restrictions for patients who are Covid negative. We will continue to restrict visitors of patients who are hospitalized with Covid.
Visitors still must wear a medical mask, be healthy and symptom-free, and remain in the patients' room whom they are visiting.
If you are unsure if you need a test or need to talk to someone about your symptoms you can call your primary provider.
What type of COVID-19 test should I take?
In general, there are two types of diagnostic tests for COVID-19: molecular and antigen. At SCMC, we focus on molecular testing. These tests detect the virus’s genetic material and are considered highly accurate. You might hear these tests referred to as a “PCR” amongst others. Although results are typically available within 72 hours, it may take longer to get results, depending on the volumes of tests being conducted.
On the other hand, antigen tests look for specific proteins on the surface of the virus. These tests are often done at community sites, businesses, or at home. While they can produce results quickly, they may not be as accurate. However, a positive antigen test is considered a probable case of COVID-19.
For more information about COVID-19 tests, visit:
- COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters
- COVID-19 Vaccine recommendations for Children & Teens
- MDH Vax for Kids
- Horizon Public Health
- MDH Vaccine Connector
- CDC COVID Information
- Types of COVID-19 Tests: COVID-19 – Minnesota Dept. of Health (state.mn.us)
- COVID-19 Vaccines for Moderately or Severely Immunocompromised
- FDA Authorizes 2nd Booster Dose of Two COVID-19 Vaccines or Older & Immunocompromised Individuals
URGENT & RESPIRATORY CLINIC
Weekends & Holidays 9am-12:30pm
*No weekend or Holiday walk-in COVID-19 testing available. COVID-19 testing is done Monday-Friday by appointment only.
*Reminder the entrance for Urgent & Respiratory Care is on north side (First Street) located by the Emergency Room entrance.