Essentia Health will provide a COVID-19 virtual vaccine update during a webinar from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, for people within all of the communities Essentia Health serves.

The live webinar will be hosted on Zoom. Anyone is welcome to attend. Access it at: https://tinyurl.com/EssentiaCOVIDUpdate.

This is a chance for patients - and others in the communities served throughout Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin - to learn about the current status of vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna. Speakers will discuss the prevalence of COVID-19 across the region; current trends and new variants; the vaccine-distribution process; how to register for a vaccine; and the safety and effectiveness of these vaccines.

The webinar will begin with brief presentations from five Essentia Health providers, including Dr. Peter Henry, chief medical officer; Dr. Amanda Noska, infectious disease physician; Dr. Richard Vetter, chief medical officer for Essentia’s West Market; Dr. Sarah Manney, chief medical information officer; and Roseann Hines, senior operations manager-medication use management.

The second half of the webinar will feature a Q&A. Attendees can ask vaccine-related questions via the “Q&A” function in Zoom. The hosts will do their best to answer as many questions as time allows. Following the webinar the video will be posted to the Essentia Facebook and YouTube pages.

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Essentia is excited to continue administering vaccines following guidelines from state departments of health, which determine priority.

Those with questions or concerns about the vaccine as it relates to their personal health condition are urged to contact their primary care provider. Similarly, those with a history of severe allergic reactions to vaccines or medications should contact their primary care provider.

Additional information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine can be found by visiting EssentiaHealth.org and clicking on the “vaccine distribution” link at the top of the page.