Published on January 28, 2021

Essentia Health debuts community outreach vaccine site

Lavonne Rogers, a custodian at The Hills Youth and Family Services, receives her COVID-19 vaccine from Sara Miller, an Essentia Health registered nurse.

Essentia Health on Thursday debuted its first community outreach COVID-19 vaccination site.

Essentia’s mobile vaccine unit was at The Hills Youth and Family Services, where we vaccinated 45 staff members while working through the Phase 1A prioritization group. We will continue to administer vaccines within our communities, among groups who otherwise would be challenged to receive the vaccine.

Organizations in need of on-site vaccination assistance are encouraged to complete and submit our facility intake form, which can be accessed by visiting our COVID-19 Community Care Team page. Priority and eligibility will be determined by our state health departments. Essentia is working to stand up additional outreach to groups that have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 due to social determinants of health.

Elsewhere, Essentia continues to vaccinate people in the 65-plus age group. We are currently using a randomized selection process for our patients who are 65 or older. At our vaccination site at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center, about 700 doses will be administered today.

We are notifying patients primarily through MyChart — our online patient portal — to let them know when they are invited to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Essentia Health patients are encouraged to sign up for MyChart, which will be the primary method of notification. Once you receive your notice via MyChart, you’ll be able to easily schedule your vaccination. Patients without MyChart will receive a phone call when they are eligible to schedule their vaccination.

Notification to those who are invited to receive a COVID-19 vaccine will occur as appointments are available.

Visit our COVID-19 Vaccine Information page to learn more about vaccines.

PHOTO: Lavonne Rogers, a custodian at The Hills Youth and Family Services, receives her COVID-19 vaccine from Sara Miller, an Essentia Health registered nurse.

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