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Riverwood COVID-19 vaccine clinics open to all eligible

Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin will have weekly COVID-19 vaccine clinics in Aitkin and some in McGregor.

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AITKIN — Riverwood Healthcare Center is now offering COVID-19 vaccinations to anyone age 16 or older, according to the latest Minnesota vaccine eligibility guidelines that became effective March 30.

Riverwood is scheduling weekly vaccine clinics primarily in Aitkin with some clinics in McGregor as well. To accommodate working individuals and families, vaccine clinics will offer some extended hours into the late afternoon and evenings as well as some Saturdays.

For vaccine appointments, call Riverwood at 844-428-1323, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appointments are open to anyone on a first come/first served basis; you do not need to be a Riverwood patient.

“We anticipate scheduling vaccine clinics weekly through April and May as needed to meet the demand,” said Dr. David Taylor, Riverwood chief medical officer, in a news release. “Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19. We can all do our part to end this pandemic and get back to normal life and the activities we’ve been missing.”

For families considering COVID-19 vaccination, Riverwood will vaccinate those ages 16 to 17 with the Pfizer vaccine, the only vaccine approved for this age group.

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The COVID-19 vaccine will be provided to people at no cost. However, health care providers will be able to charge an administration fee for giving the vaccine to someone. This means that you may be asked for your insurance information when you get the vaccine. You can still get the vaccine if you do not have insurance and/or cannot pay the administration fee.

COVID-19 update forum

Riverwood continues to offer virtual forums with COVID-19 updates from Taylor several times monthly. The next forum will be 2:30-3:00 p.m. April 8, The short presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

Questions may be submitted in advance with the Zoom registration or via chat during the presentation. Register at https://bit.ly/3wd1Jq9

This invitation link is posted on Riverwood’s Facebook page and on the COVID-19 page of its website at riverwoodhealthcare.org .

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