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Resources about the COVID-19 Vaccine

Vaccine Boosters

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to allow for use of a single booster dose, to be administered at least six months after completion of the primary series in:

  • individuals 65 years of age and older;
  • individuals 18 through 64 years of age at high risk of severe COVID-19; and
  • individuals 18 through 64 years of age whose frequent institutional or occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2 puts them at high risk of serious complications of COVID-19 including severe COVID-19.

This authorization applies only to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.

Lake Region Healthcare will be providing COVID-19 vaccine clinics for those eligible over the coming weeks. Please call for an appointment and consider getting your flu vaccine at the same time!

Vaccine Appointments

We are now offering vaccines at provider visits and occasional vaccine clinic dates. Please call our appointment line to inquire or set an appointment: 218.739.2221.

For other vaccination options, check with Otter Tail County Public Health for their vaccine availability online here or by calling the Otter Tail County Public Health Information Line at 218-998-8378 or toll free at 833-445-1578. Local pharmacy contact information for vaccines is also available on the public health website. You can search for vaccine locations near you at this website: https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/find-vaccine/locations/index.jsp

Vaccine & Current COVID Status FAQ

Who can or should get a COVID booster shot?

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to allow for use of a single booster dose, to be administered at least six months after completion of the primary series in:

  • individuals 65 years of age and older;
  • individuals 18 through 64 years of age at high risk of severe COVID-19; and
  • individuals 18 through 64 years of age whose frequent institutional or occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2 puts them at high risk of serious complications of COVID-19 including severe COVID-19.

This authorization applies only to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. Please call us to schedule a vaccine appointment.

I need a COVID test for myself or my child. Can I schedule a COVID test without seeing a provider?

  • For symptomatic patients:
    • Currently we are testing symptomatic patients through our drive-thru or with a provider visit. If you would like to schedule an appointment for the drive-thru please call our appointment line. If you would like to see a provider, please call the appt line or visit our Walk-In-Clinic.
    • There are a variety of other options available for testing:
    • For asymptomatic patients:
      • Please contact your provider for an order. If you don’t have a primary provider, the above options are also available.

What can you tell me about 3rd doses recommended for the immunocompromised?

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) is recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive an additional dose. Lake Region Healthcare (LRH) and Prairie Ridge Healthcare (PRH) are available to help those who are eligible receive their third dose of the vaccine. It’s best to talk with your healthcare provider about your medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for you. Please call your provider to have this discussion and if appropriate, to receive further instruction on how to schedule your vaccine.

Eligibility conditions for 3rd doses include:

  • Active treatment for solid tumor and hematologic malignancies.
  • Receipt of solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy.
  • Receipt of CAR-T-cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy).
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge, Wiskott-Aldrich syndromes).
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection.
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (i.e., ≥20 mg prednisone or equivalent per day), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, TNF (tumor necrosis factor) blockers, and other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory.

In some but not all cases, your provider may recommend temporarily holding or decreasing immunosuppressive medications around the time of vaccination. You can read more about this topic in this article.

I want to get a vaccine. What are my options?

What can you tell me about the Delta Variant?

  • Delta is more contagious than the other virus strains and unvaccinated people are most at risk. Your best protection is to get the COVID vaccine. We have vaccine clinics scheduled for 8/11 and 8/18, if you’re interested.
  • If you have more questions, public health is a great resource. You can reach Otter Tail County Public Health at 218-998-8320 or visit their website https://ottertailcountymn.us/content-page/covid-19-situation-update/

How much does the vaccine cost?

The COVID-19 vaccine is being provided at no cost. We will ask for insurance information to submit an administration fee to your insurance company if applicable. If insurance does not cover this fee, it will not be passed on to you.

Can you answer my questions about if the vaccine is safe for me?

The American Hospital Association has a resource that answers many of the frequent concerns we hear about the vaccine. It can be found at https://www.aha.org/vaccine.

Several of our providers have offered some video comments regarding vaccine safety and efficacy as well. Those can be viewed on our website here.

Can I get a COVID vaccine at the same time as other vaccines?

  • You can get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines at the same visit. You no longer need to wait 14 days between vaccinations. Experience with other vaccines has shown that the way our bodies develop protection, known as an immune response, after getting vaccinated and possible side effects of vaccines are generally the same when given alone or with other vaccines.
  • Learn more about the timing of other vaccines.

Eligibility

Anyone 12 years or older is eligible to receive the vaccine.

We recommend a parent or guardian accompany any minors to their appointment, or if this is not possible, that the minor comes to their vaccine appointment with a completed consent form.

Vaccine Appointment Reminders

  • Please note that only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for 12 to 17 year olds. Moderna's vaccine is only approved for people 18 and older.
  • A parent or guardian is requested to accompany minor patients. If this is not possible, minors should bring a completed consent form with them to their appointment.
  • You will be asked to schedule your second dose when you are scheduled your first shot. The second dose needs to be the same type of vaccine. For Pfizer vaccines, these second appointments are ideally scheduled 21 days after your first dose. For Moderna, the second appointments are scheduled 28 days after the first dose.
  • All vaccines are by appointment only, no walk-ins are accepted.
  • Do not arrive for your appointment more than 15 minutes early to help with social distancing.
  • A previous relationship with an LRH or PRH provider is not required and vaccine appointments are open to all people, regardless of insurance coverage or provider relationship.
  • You will be asked to complete this consent form prior to receiving your vaccine.
  • Depending on which vaccine you will be receiving, you may wish to read the appropriate fact sheet prior to arriving.

Q&A About the Vaccine

This vaccine, which has two doses, is critical in saving lives, stopping the spread of coronavirus, and ending the pandemic. You can learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine and its safety at the links below.

Answers to other common questions about the vaccine.

Roundtable Discussion about Vaccine FAQ's with LRH Providers & Experts

Provider Insights on Vaccine Safety & Efficacy

Dr. Bashir, Hospitalist Internal Medicine

Dr. Naomi Schmid, Chief Medical Officer

Renae Lien, Pharm D - Enterprise Pharmacy Director

Dr. Erin Peterson, Internal Medicine

Trusted Resources

CDC Vaccine Resources

MDH Vaccine Resources

Minnesota Vaccine Dashboard

Otter Tail County Public Health Vaccine Resources

Horizon Public Health Vaccine Resources (Grant, Stevens, Douglas, Pope & Traverse County)

FDA Vaccine Resources