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Lakewood Health System in Staples updates vaccine priority group information

Vaccination has begun for tiers 1-3


Per the governor’s update on March 9, COVID-19 vaccination distribution sites began vaccinating the phase 1b, tiers two and three priority groups as designated by the Minnesota Department of Health on March 10.

Phase 1b priority groups include:

  • People age 45-64 years with one or more underlying medical conditions (active cancer; chronic kidney disease; COPD; diabetes, type 1 or 2; Down syndrome; heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies; immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant, HIV, bone marrow disease, chronic steroids for more than 30 days, immunodeficiency disease or taking immunosuppressive medications; obesity; pregnancy; sickle cell disease).

  • People age 16-44 years (18-44 for those receiving the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines) with two or more underlying medical conditions listed above.

  • People with rare conditions or disabilities that put them at higher risk.

  • People age 50 years and older in multigenerational housing.

  • Food processing facilities.

  • Agriculture, additional school and child care workers, airport staff, correctional settings, first responders, food production, food retail (grocery), food service, judicial system workers, manufacturing, postal service workers, public transit workers, public health workers.

For the full list of priority groups, visit https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/vaccine/phase1b1c2.pdf

Lakewood has started a wait list for those priority groups, and people can call 218-894-1515 to be added. (During clinic hours, choose option No. 2; after hours, stay on the line.)

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at nancy.vogt@pineandlakes.com or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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