Contact: Katie Johnson
[Fergus Falls, MN, Morris, MN and Elbow Lake, MN] There is better news this week for people 65 and older wanting a COVI19 vaccine. A more steady supply of vaccine allocations has finally arrived in our region, allowing Lake Region Healthcare (LRH) and Prairie Ridge Healthcare (PRH) to have wider availability of vaccines this week, according to CEO Kent Mattson.
“We had to work hard to advocate for more equitable vaccine distribution in greater Minnesota, and we’re glad to be at a place where we can more broadly offer shots now that we are receiving more regular and sizeable allocations,” Mattson said. While supply is still limited and demand is strong, Mattson adds that the State is recognizing health care providers like LRH and PRH are the mainstay of Minnesota’s vaccination approach and we look forward to increased allocations over the coming months.
Vaccine appointments are available at the following locations & times this week:
- Wednesday March 3 and Friday March 5. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 218.739.2221.
- At the PRH Morris Clinic on Wednesday, March 3. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 320.589.4008.
- At the PRH Elbow Lake Clinic on Thursday, March 4. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 218.685.7300.
Appointments for the second dose will be made at the time of the initial appointment and ideally are scheduled 21 days later if the initial doze is the Pfizer vaccine and 28 days later if it is the Moderna vaccine. The clinics are currently getting allocations of both types.
As for when the next phase will begin and who will be eligible in that phase, it’s still somewhat unclear according to Mattson. The Governor of Minnesota indicated he wanted to see a 70% vaccination rate of people 65 and older before advancing to younger populations with high risk conditions or working in targeted essential job classifications. Those details are available on the Minnesota Department of Health website at https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/whos-getting-vaccinated/index.jsp.
About the Lake Region Healthcare Enterprise
The Lake Region Healthcare enterprise is comprised of Lake Region Healthcare, an independent community-governed non-profit headquartered in Fergus Falls, the Mill Street Residence Assisted Living Facility in Fergus Falls, and the non-profit critical access hospital, Prairie Ridge Hospital and Health Services headquartered in Elbow Lake. With over 100 medical staff and over 1,000 employees, we are dedicated to serving the healthcare needs of our communities with values of Excellence, Person-Centered, Collaboration, Stewardship, Integrity, Respect and Innovation. Together we bring specialty and sub-specialty services to patients at hospital locations in Fergus Falls and Elbow Lake and at clinics in Ashby, Barnesville, Battle Lake, Evansville, Herman, Hoffman, and Morris, MN. For more information visit: www.lrhc.org, www.prairiehealth.org or www.millstreet.lrhc.org.