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UPCOMING VACCINCLINICS

Pfizer vaccine for anyone 12 years and older – 1st, 2nd, and booster doses for 18+ (6 months from 2nd dose). Check below for eligibility for the booster dose.

Pfizer vaccine for 5-11 year olds – 1st and 2nd doses (see specific clinics below that offer Pfizer for this age group.

Moderna vaccine for anyone 18 years and older – 1st, 2nd, and booster doses (6 months from 2nd dose). Check below for eligibility for the booster dose.

Clinics are located at Inter-County Nursing Service – lower level of the Pennington County Government Center 101 Main Ave N, Thief River Falls  Walk-in or pre-register using the links below.

Clinics for 12+

12/3/21 – Moderna/Pfizer combined clinic:    https://prepmod.health.state.mn.us//appointment/en/reg/6035129965

12/10/21 – Moderna/Pfizer combined clinic:    https://prepmod.health.state.mn.us//appointment/en/reg/5012348569

12/17/21 – Moderna/Pfizer combined clinic:    https://prepmod.health.state.mn.us//appointment/en/reg/0315262498

12/22/21 – Moderna/Pfizer combined clinic:    https://prepmod.health.state.mn.us//appointment/en/reg/1832953604

12/29/21 – Moderna/Pfizer combined clinic:    https://prepmod.health.state.mn.us//appointment/en/reg/6035129488

Clinics for kids 5+

12/3/21 –Pfizer KIDS clinic:    https://prepmod.health.state.mn.us//appointment/en/reg/6035129965

12/8/21 – Pfizer KIDS clinic at Franklin Middle School: Franklin Middle School Multi-purpose room (Door #9) https://prepmod.health.state.mn.us//appointment/en/reg/0135621529

12/17/21 –Pfizer KIDS clinic:    https://prepmod.health.state.mn.us//appointment/en/reg/8514296030

12/22/21 – Moderna/Pfizer (adults + kids) combined clinic:    https://prepmod.health.state.mn.us//appointment/en/reg/1832953604

12/29/21 – Moderna/Pfizer (adult + kids) combined clinic:    https://prepmod.health.state.mn.us//appointment/en/reg/6035129488

 COVID-19 Booster Shots Recommended for Some Minnesotans

  • Federal health officials have now authorized Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 booster shots.
  • According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, Minnesotans who got the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine can now get a booster at least six months after their initial series if they are:
    • 65 years and older
    • Age 18+ and live in long-term care settings
    • Age 18+ and work or live in high-risk settings
  • All Minnesotans age 18 and older who got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are recommended to get a booster shot at least 2 months after their initial vaccine.
  • Officials also authorized ‘mixing and matching’ COVID-19 vaccine boosters, meaning anybody who is eligible to get a booster shot can get any of the three currently authorized or approved vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson) – regardless of what product they received for their primary series. Minnesotans can direct questions about mixing and matching doses to their healthcare provider.
  • Minnesotans with an underlying medical condition can speak with their health care provider about whether a booster is right for them. The list of medical conditions categorized as high-risk by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is available here.
  • Minnesotans who live or work in a setting that increases their risk of being exposed to COVID-19  (e.g., frontline medical workers, educators and child care personnel, first responders) should talk to their health care provider about their risk and the need for a booster. Examples are available here.
  • Minnesota has more than enough vaccine to provide doses to those who need one. Minnesotans will be able to get a booster dose near them when they are eligible.
  • Do not get a booster shot before you are eligible. While it will be important to get your booster shot, you should only get it when it is recommended, not earlier. A booster given too early may not be as effective at increasing protection.
  • Research shows that the COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe illness and death. While boosters increase protection for those who need it, people who are fully vaccinated continue to have good protection against severe illness and hospitalization.

See below for others providing COVID-19 vaccine in our area:

  • Sanford Clinic Thief River Falls: 218-681-4747
  • Altru Clinic Thief River Falls: 218-681-7280
  • Hugo’s Pharmacy Thief River Falls: 218-681-1515

COVID-19 Case Update:

COVID-19 Update for December 3rd: The County vaccination rate will now include all eligible to receive the vaccine, that will include 5-11 year old’s. We do have our first pediatric hospitalization, they are a resident of Red Lake County and in their teens. There are 26 new reported cases for Pennington County, 4 children under 10, 1 teen, 20’s, 40’s and 50’s. There is 1 new reported case for Red Lake County, 1 teen.

We continue to urge the community to take precautions whether you are vaccinated or not. Wear a mask in indoor public spaces, social distance, stay away from crowds, stay home if you are sick, wash your hands frequently and get vaccinated.

For Statewide COVID-19 data: ✅ MN Situation Update:https://www.health.state.mn.us/…/coronav…/situation.html ✅ MN Vaccine Breakthrough Weekly Update: https://www.health.state.mn.us/…/coronav…/stats/vbt.html ✅ COVID-19 Vaccine Data: https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/data/index.jsp

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Testing Sites & Information

Vaccine Information

About COVID-19

  • COVID-19 is an infectious disease.
  • The disease is caused by a coronavirus not found in people before.
  • As doctors and scientists continue to gather new information, it is important to take COVID-19 seriously. We do not yet know all of the negative effects it may have.
  • It is important to keep working to slow the spread of the virus by staying home when you can, staying 6 feet away from others, wearing a mask, covering your coughs and sneezes, and washing your hands often and well.
  • For more information on symptoms, see CDC: Symptoms of Coronavirus.

Symptoms

  • Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, fatigue, congestion, or loss of taste or smell. Other less common symptoms include gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
  • These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after you are exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • Not everyone with COVID-19 has all of these symptoms, and some people may not have any symptoms.
  • Even after recovering from COVID-19, some people may have lingering symptoms such as fatigue, cough, or joint pain. The long-term health effects are still unknown but there may be permanent damage to the heart, lungs, or other organs. This is more likely in those who had more severe illness but may also be possible even in those who had mild illness.
  • Talk to your health care provider if you have questions or concerns about symptoms.

How It Spreads

  • People can spread the COVID-19 disease to each other.
  • The disease spreads by droplets or aerosols (tiny particles) from the nose and mouth when someone who is infected coughs, sneezes, or exhales.
  • The most common way COVID-19 spreads is through close contact. When people are close to each other, the droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. It may be possible for people to breathe the droplets into their lungs. It is important to stay at least 6 feet away from other people in public. At home, someone who is sick should stay alone and in one room as much as possible.
  • COVID-19 can also sometimes spread through airborne transmission. This means that aerosols (small droplets or particles) can sometimes linger in the air for minutes to hours, and may be able to infect people who are further than 6 feet from the person with COVID-19 or after they have left the room.Airborne transmission of COVID-19 is more likely to happen in indoor spaces without good ventilation, or when the infected person was breathing heavily, like when singing or exercising.
  • It is possible that COVID-19 can spread when droplets land on surfaces and objects that other people then touch, though this is not thought to be a common way that it spreads. It is important to wash your hands before you touch your mouth, nose, face, or eyes. Clean surfaces that are touched often, especially if someone in the house is sick.
  • Infected people may be able to spread the disease before they have symptoms or feel sick.
  • A person can also spread the disease if they have no symptoms. Research has shown that around 40-50% of people infected do not develop symptoms.

What Is A Close Contact

In general, a close contact means being less than 6 feet from someone for 15 minutes or more throughout a 24-hour period. However, even shorter periods of time or longer distances can result in spread of the virus. The longer someone is close to the person who has COVID-19, and the closer they are, the greater the chance the virus can spread.

  • If you have close contact with someone who has been told by a doctor, clinic or hospital that they have COVID-19:
    • Watch yourself for symptoms for 14 days.
    • Stay home.
    • Wash your hands often.
    • Clean surfaces you touch.

How to Quarantine:

If you had close contact with a person with COVID-19 (an exposure), you need to stay home and away from others (quarantine). COVID-19 can take up to 14 days to make you sick, and some people with COVID-19 never feel sick, so you need to separate yourself from others so you don’t spread the virus without knowing it.

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You should stay away from others for 14 days if:

  • Someone in your home has COVID-19.
  • You live in a building with other people, where it’s hard to stay away from others and easy to spread the virus to multiple people, like a long-term care facility.
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You may consider being around others after 10 days if:

  • You do not have any symptoms.
  • You have not had a positive test for COVID-19.
  • No one in your home has COVID-19, and you do not live in a building with other people, where it’s hard to stay away from others and easy to spread the virus to multiple people, like a long-term care facility.

Even after 10 days you must still:

  • Watch for symptoms through day 14. If you have any symptoms, stay home, separate yourself from others, and get tested right away.
  • Continue to wear a mask and stay at least 6 feet away from other people.
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You may consider being around others after seven days only if:

  • You get tested for COVID-19 at least five full days after you had close contact with someone with COVID-19, and the test is negative. You must get a negative PCR test, not an antigen test or antibody/blood test. Learn more about the differences at Types of COVID-19 Tests.
  • You do not have any symptoms.
  • You have not had a positive test for COVID-19.
  • No one in your home has COVID-19, and you do not live in a building with other people, where it’s hard to stay away from others and easy to spread the virus to multiple people, like a long-term care facility.

Even after seven days you must still:

  • Watch for symptoms through day 14. If you have any symptoms, stay home, separate yourself from others, and get tested right away.
  • Continue to wear a mask and stay at least 6 feet away from other people.
  • You cannot end your quarantine before 7 days for any reason.

CDC When to Quarantine link listed below:

https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/contact.html

If You Are Diagnosed With COVID-19

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • If you are older or have certain underlying medical conditions, it is helpful to let your health care provider know you are sick. They may have specific advice for you.
  • Seek medical care right away if your symptoms get worse or you have difficulty breathing. Before going to the doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them your symptoms. They will tell you what to do.
  • What to do if you have COVID-19 (PDF)

Severity

  • Many people with COVID-19 have mild illness. However, anyone can become severely ill from this virus.
  • Risk for severe illness increases with age. For example, people in their 50s are at higher risk for severe illness than people in their 40s. Similarly, people in their 60s or 70s are, in general, at higher risk for severe illness than people in their 50s. The greatest risk for severe illness from COVID-19 is among people 85 or older.
  • People of any age who have underlying medical conditions may have a greater risk of getting very sick from COVID-19.
  • See CDC: People at Increased Risk for guidance on which underlying medical conditions put people at an increased risk or who should be extra careful.
  • Ask your health care provider if you have greater risk of getting sicker from COVID-19.
  • For more information, see:

Prevention & Treatment

  • COVID-19 has no known cures or vaccines at this time, but several COVID-19 vaccines are in development. For more information, see COVID-19 Vaccine.
  • Most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms and are often able to recover at home with rest, liquids, and over the counter medication. If your symptoms get worse, call your clinic or an emergency room before you go.
  • If You Are Sick: COVID-19
    What to do if you are sick and information on going to the doctor.
  • Protect Yourself & Others: COVID-19
    How to slow the spread, including information on masks and cloth face coverings and cleaning your home.

Physical Health Effects

Other health effects

  • COVID-19 disease can cause more than physical health problems. COVID-19 is a continuing threat to the personal, financial, and mental well-being of Minnesotans. This stress can lead to health problems. COVID-19 can cause stress when people:
    • Must be in the hospital.
    • Lose their jobs or cannot go to work.
    • Do not have money to pay bills.
    • Are separated from family and friends.

Mental Health & COVID-19

For more details on the vaccine click on the links below:

Links

References


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