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Vaccine Updates

 

February 9 – As Lakewood continues to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to those 65+, we wanted to provide an explanation regarding the allotment and use of the vaccine. Lakewood receives allocations of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines from the Minnesota Department of Health. Because Lakewood has no control over which vaccine we receive, the quantity, or the timing, some people will be receiving their first Moderna dose while others are waiting for their second Pfizer dose. Those receiving the vaccine need to get two doses of the same brand of vaccine; they cannot be interchanged. We continue to work with local, regional, and state partners to advocate on behalf of our patients and communities for vaccine dose allocation. Thank you for your patience during these uncertain times!

January 27 – Recent changes have been made by the state of Minnesota for COVID vaccine allocations and distribution. Allocations are now being distributed to the ten largest healthcare organizations in the state. We will work collaboratively with these and other organizations to distribute the vaccine when it is received.

While we are not scheduled to receive any more doses at this time, we hope that will change, so we can continue to vaccinate those 65 and older. If you are over the age of 65 and would like to be added to our wait list for when more doses are available, please call 218-894-1515 and choose option #2. As a reminder, this list is ONLY for those 65 and older.

January 20 – While Lakewood has still not been given additional COVID vaccine doses for distribution, we have started a waiting list for those ages 65+ who are considered high risk. If you would like to be added to the list, please call 218-894-1515 and choose option #2. Our team will start to call those on the list to get them scheduled by age, starting with those 75+ and working their way down the list.

Minnesota is setting up pilot distribution sites throughout the state with the limited quantity of doses they have available. These sites will initially serve those 65+ and pre-kindergarten through grade 12 educators, school staff and childcare workers. These distributions are dependent on the quantity of vaccine doses the state receives from the federal government. Details about these sites and how to sign up will be available from the state later this week.

January 15 – At this time, Lakewood has not received COVID vaccine doses for anyone other than those in phase 1a (healthcare workers, long-term care residents, direct patient service). To speed up the distribution process once we have received direction and doses, we have started a wait list for those who are considered HIGH-RISK and want to receive the COVID vaccine. If you would like to be put on the wait list, please call 218-894-1515 and choose option 2.

We CANNOT guarantee when anyone will receive the vaccine, and once distribution starts, priority will be given per the Minnesota Department of Health guidance. When we begin distribution, our team will make ONE phone call to each person on the wait list. If there is no answer, they will move on to the next person. This is due to the extremely quick turnaround time needed to prepare and give the vaccine. If someone on the list misses our call, they will remain on the wait list to be contacted with future vaccine distribution opportunities.

The vaccine is given in two doses. Once the first dose is scheduled, a second appointment will automatically be scheduled for the second dose. Patients MUST be able to present for both appointments in order to receive the vaccine.

Thank you for your patience as we work through this process. We look forward to being able to provide the COVID vaccine to our patients and communities as soon as possible.

January 14 – Lakewood has NOT yet received/been allotted any COVID vaccine doses for the general public (anyone not in phase 1a). We will update this page and our website when that changes or when we have more information.

January 13 – On Tuesday, January 12th, the federal government stated they would no longer be holding back second doses of the COVID vaccine and are asking states to start vaccinating older adults and people with high-risk medical conditions in an effort to accelerate vaccinations.

What this means for Lakewood Health System and our patients and communities:

  • We are currently still in the process of vaccinating individuals in the priority groups designated by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) with pre-allocated doses from the state specifically to be used for these groups.
  • The state of Minnesota is working on the distribution guidelines/process for those 65+ and those under 65 with comorbidities. Lakewood continues to follow guidance from the MDH as we receive it.
  •  Lakewood is working with local public health organizations to coordinate vaccination efforts.
  • We understand the frustrations and confusion surrounding the COVID vaccine. While Minnesota is following the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, other states have chosen to prioritize other groups of people instead. This is why you may see different vaccination strategies being used in other states.
  • We ask for your patience and understanding as we work through this rapidly changing situation and do our best to keep everyone up to date.

Please continue to watch our Facebook page and website for updated information in the coming weeks.