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Minnesotans 65 and older can schedule vaccine by phone at Essentia Health

Facilities work to vaccinate priority groups approved by the state


Essentia Health’s Minnesota facilities continue to vaccinate those who are 65 years of age and older.

The next priority group includes people with specific high-risk medical conditions and targeted essential workers.

With the addition of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, Essentia is experiencing a greater allocation of vaccines. Essentia is vaccinating residents of Minnesota who fit the criteria of being at least 65 years of age and living in Essentia's service area, regardless of whether the person is an Essentia patient.

If you are a Minnesota resident age 65 or older and live within Essentia’s service area, call 833-494-0836 to schedule a vaccination. Or use your MyChart account to make an appointment. To sign up for MyChart, visit EssentiaHealth.org and click on the MyChart button in the upper right-hand corner; then click “sign up.” There is also a MyChart app for smart devices.

Since December, Essentia Health has given more than 45,000 vaccines in Minnesota. Vaccine clinics have been held and continue to be held across the state at Essentia locations. Mobile teams also are going directly into communities to administer shots to populations that otherwise may experience barriers to receiving the vaccine.


Through exhaustive clinical trials that featured tens of thousands of patients, vaccines currently available to Essentia Health (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson) were found to be highly effective and safe.

If you have questions or concerns regarding the vaccine or if you have a history of severe allergic reactions to vaccines or medications, Essentia urges you to contact your 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.

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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