Resources about the COVID-19 Vaccine
We are offering the following vaccine clinic dates at our main clinic in Fergus Falls:
- Wednesday, August 11th
- Wednesday, August 18th
Please call our appointment line for more info & to schedule at 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.
Vaccine & Current COVID Status FAQ
- For symptomatic patients:
- Currently we are only testing symptomatic patients with a provider visit. If you would like to see a provider, please call the appt line or visit our Walk-In-Clinic.
- If you do not want to see a provider, there are a variety of options available for testing:
- Walgreens has free testing available in Fergus Falls utilizing the same rapid test LRH uses. To make an appt visit their website at https://walgreens.com
- MDH has a testing site in Moorhead Monday-Thursday from 11am-6pm at the former Thomas Edison Elementary School. You can sign up online for an appt time at https://mncovidtestingappt.as.me/schedule.php
- MDH also offers a test at home option through Vault. To order an at-home test at no cost visit https://learn.vaulthealth.com/state-of-minnesota/
- For asymptomatic patients:
- Please contact your provider for an order. If you don’t have a primary provider, the above options are also available.
- 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/
- LRH has vaccine clinics scheduled for 8/11 and 8/18. Please call the appointment line to schedule.
- Otter Tail County Public Health is also hosting weekly COVID vaccine clinics. You can schedule online by calling 218-998-8320 or visiting their website at https://ottertailcountymn.us/content-page/covid-19-vaccine/
- 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
The new Minnesota guidance, Best Practice Recommendations for COVID-19 Prevention in Schools for the 2021-22 School Year (PDF), can be found here. The goal is to protect students, teachers, staff, and other members of their households and promote the importance of in-person learning.
With the expansion of the Pfizer vaccine approval for people 12-15 years old, anyone meeting the following criteria is eligible for vaccine when we have an available allotment:
- 12 years of age or older
- Have had no vaccines in the 14 days prior to first dose
- Have no vaccines scheduled to be received for the 35 days after first dose
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.
- The COVID-19 vaccine is being provided at no cost, however 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.
- 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.
- Plan to sit for 15 minutes of observation after you receive your vaccine. If you have allergies, you will need to sit for 30 minutes.
- Read this document for more details about potential side effects to watch for after receiving your vaccine and how to sign up for the VSafe program.
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.
Horizon Public Health Vaccine Resources (Grant, Stevens, Douglas, Pope & Traverse County)