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Lakewood Health System sees increase in vaccine allocation

More doses becoming available to target groups.


Lakewood Health System is seeing an increase in vaccine allocation from the state, which is allowing the health care organization to continue scheduling first doses.

Second doses are arriving on time, so Lakewood is able to complete the vaccine series as originally scheduled. The health care system is distributing Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson as it is allocated.

Priority groups at this time are: Those 65 years and up, essential caregivers, K-12 educators and licensed child care providers. Anyone in those groups can call 218-894-1515 (choose option No. 2) to schedule their vaccination or be placed on the wait list for the next allocation.

To help prepare for the next priority group, those under 65 who are at high risk and have one or more underlying health conditions can also call to be put on the wait list. Lakewood is prepared to move on to this next group when directed by the state, and plans to continue an efficient and convenient distribution process.

For a full list of qualifying high risk and underlying health conditions, visit Lakewood's website or click to view information from the Minnesota Department of Health.

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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