• Heather Hoffman

Minot update: coronavirus vaccines and where to find them

The state of North Dakota has moved into Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, making the vaccine available to all residents over age 16. The main goal is to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible to lessen the harsh effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

North Dakota is attempting to do its part by distributing vaccines to as many clinics and pharmacies as quickly as possible, sharing the burden of vaccinating the whole state among several locations. Alaska was the first state to open clinics to everyone willing and able to get the vaccine; North Dakota recently opened availability to those 16 and older.

There are several locations in Minot that are administering vaccinations to patients. Each location has been assigned a particular part of the tier. For example, Trinity Health is prioritizing based on susceptibility and First District Health Unit (FDHU) has opened their scheduling option to anyone and is scheduling appointments on their website fdhu.org . The online scheduler may not be used for appointments for 16- or 17-year-olds or for people scheduling their second dose of the vaccine.

Other locations offering the vaccine include Thrifty White Pharmacy, UND Center for Family Medicine, Lakeview Clinic, and CHI St. Alexius Health Minot Medical Plaza. All locations are by appointment only and there are no walk-in clinics available to receive the vaccine.

To schedule with Trinity Health, individuals can call the main line at 701-857-5000 and speak with a representative to see if their name is on the current invitation list. This list is based off the North Dakota Department of Health’s requirements.

For FDHU and Thrifty White Pharmacy, online forms allow people to choose their vaccination date and time, fill out their information and insurance, and confirm.

Thrifty White does ask people to select their state and the type of vaccine in order to schedule the appointment date and time accordingly; individuals must be able to prove they are a North Dakota resident or claim the state as a secondary residence, or that they are employed, serve as a doctor, or attend a school, college, or university in the state. Locations focused on susceptibility or medical facilities like Trinity Health will verify a patient has been treated at the facility in the past three years and that a North Dakota address is attached to the file.

If you work for Minot State, even as a student, now is a good time to start checking around to see what is available to you and when you can schedule a vaccination from what location.

Minot State held its first COVID-19 vaccination event on campus earlier this week for MSU students, employees, and family member 16-years and older. A follow-up vaccination event will be held in the Student Center on April 23 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Proof of insurance and an ID will make the registration process easier; however, no person wishing to be vaccinated will be turned away.

There are a wide variety of resources for the COVID-19 vaccine for students and staff within Minot State University, and those resources will only continue to expand with time.

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