COVID-19 Vaccine

Current Vaccine Status

Due to decreased demand for the COVID-19 vaccine, there are no public health sponsored COVID-19 vaccine clinics this week. If you are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine call us at 218-847-5628 Ext. 5414 to schedule an appointment. You can also schedule an appointment with your clinic or pharmacy to receive the vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccines are open to everyone 12 years of age and older.

If you are a business who has employees interested in receiving the vaccine, call us at 218-847-5628 Ext. 5414 to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at your site.

Becker County Public Health is receiving shipments of the COVID vaccine. Local Health Care Partners and Becker County Public Health will carry out distribution plans that have been months in the making. Following the guidance of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP), and subsequent MDH recommendations and guidance, priority populations will be phased in to receive the first available doses of COVID-19 vaccine. It will take several weeks to serve all those in the first priority population.

The first priority population (group 1A, 1st priority) to receive the vaccine will be those health care personnel who work directly with COVID-19 patients, staff and residents in skilled nursing facilities, emergency medical services personnel who provide direct patient care, COVID-19 community vaccinators, and those who work at community COVID-19 testing facilities.

Next to receive the vaccine will be (group 1A, 2nd priority) which will include an expansion of those not included in the first group. This includes those living and working in assisted care facilities, other direct patient care providers in hospitals and clinics including dialysis centers and urgent care clinics.

The third phase (group 1A, 3rd priority) will include all remaining health care personnel that work in hospitals, ambulatory and outpatient settings, home health settings, emergency shelters, long term care facilities, dental offices, pharmacies, public health clinics, mental/behavioral health settings, correctional settings, group homes. In addition, adult residents living in many residential settings that service those at risk will be eligible for vaccine.

Ultimately, all Minnesotans will have an opportunity to be vaccinated. It just won't be right away for everyone. There is not a "list" that Minnesotans need to get on to get vaccine. Since phase 1a is based on employment and place of residence, people eligible for this category will be contacted by their employer or the facility where they live to let them know when vaccine is available to them. In later phases, vaccine will be available at settings like your pharmacy or primary care provider, and people will be able to make an appointment to get it.

Is a COVID-19 vaccine necessary?
Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 will be one of the best ways to protect our communities and stop the spread of the virus. By stopping the spread of COVID-19, we can keep businesses and schools open, and return to doing more of the things we enjoy together.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?
A safe and effective vaccine is the top priority. While vaccine development was accelerated due to the pandemic, it did not impact important safety steps. There are long standing systems in place to ensure that all vaccines are as safe as possible.

Until COVID-19 vaccine is widely available, Public Heath asks that everyone, including those who have been vaccinated, to continue to practice prevention measures like wearing a face mask, maintaining social distancing, and avoiding gathering with those outside of your household.

For more information, please go to the CDC or Minnesota Department of Health websites or call Becker County Public Health at 218-847-5628.