A limited amount of vaccine was available and more than 800 appointments were filled earlier this week on a first-come, first-served basis.

As additional vaccine becomes available from the Minnesota Department of Health, CRMC will announce more clinics. Patients will be notified via email, on www.cuyunamed.org and through CRMC’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn sites. Appointments will be required by calling a phone number that will be in the announcement. Wait lists are not available.

At the clinics, patients obtain their vaccination from a nurse while in their vehicle near a mobile unit near the hospital. Individuals must bring photo identification, an ink pen and be prepared to sign a consent form and expose their shoulder. Those obtaining the vaccination are asked to remain in their parked vehicle for 15 minutes so they may be monitored by medical personnel for any reaction.

The same process is required 21 to 28 days later for the second dose depending upon the formulation.

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There will be no charge for the vaccine and insurance will not be billed. CRMC will enter the vaccination information into each patient’s vaccination record.

CRMC is following Centers for Disease Control and Minnesota Department of Health guidelines for COVID-19 vaccine distribution. To date, vaccinations have been given to CRMC’s employees, physicians, Care Center and Heartwood residents, area first responders, school teachers and staff, and patients age 65 and older.