Published on December 28, 2020

Essentia Health-Fosston administers first COVID-19 vaccine

Mary Blevins, Essentia Health Living Center resident was the first long term care resident to be vaccinated in Fosston.

Essentia Health-Fosston received its initial shipment of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, December 21 and shortly thereafter, the first front line health care workers began receiving the vaccine.

Among the first to be vaccinated were Grant Coauette, physician assistant, Dr. Wes Ofstedal, Jason Steinbrenner, registration and Mike Manecke, facilities manager. Nursing home residents and assisted living tenants were also able to be vaccinated. Mary Blevins was the first nursing home resident vaccinated.

Vaccinations were given in a tiered approach, beginning with those healthcare workers who provide direct patient care for COVID patients. To date, the initial shipment of vaccine has provided vaccinations for 100 healthcare workers 25 long term care residents, and 14 assisted living tenants. The vaccine requires a second shot in 21 days.

Essentia Health plans to follow CDC and state health department guidelines for COVID-19 vaccine distribution, including which groups of people are vaccinated next. Waitlists are not part of either CDC or state health department guidelines at this time. Essentia Health plans to accept all vaccine supply allocated by state health departments to provide to our patients.

It is important to note that until a large percentage of the population is vaccinated, wearing a mask, maintaining social distance and frequent hand washing continue to be necessary.

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