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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

COVID-19 Vaccine Update: Vaccinations Going To Priority Groups As Supply Allows

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CentraCare is looking forward to the opportunity to vaccinate more people in our community and we are encouraged by the number of people who are interested in receiving the vaccines. We have received many questions about our role in administering vaccinations to the public. At this time, CentraCare does not have the supply to vaccinate on a large scale.

In an effort to update our community, we want to make clear the difference between CentraCare's vaccine procedures and what is being offered by the Minnesota Department of Health.

CentraCare Vaccination Plans

Right now, CentraCare is focused on vaccinating health care workers in our communities and targeted priority groups who are most at risk. We are dependent on a limited vaccine supply and undetermined allotment numbers.

  • We are hopeful to receive more vaccine in the coming weeks and are prepared to vaccinate larger groups once supply is secured.
  • We are not currently holding vaccination clinics for the general public. Clinics will only be held for targeted priority groups.
  • There are no walk-in clinics for vaccination.
  • We will reach out directly to eligible patients when they can receive the vaccine.
  • Patients should not call to schedule an appointment. If you were notified you can receive a vaccine, follow scheduling directions provided in the communication.
  • CentraCare does not have a waiting list and there is no option to pay for early access to the vaccine.

At this time, CentraCare is not scheduling any vaccinations for people in the Phase 1B group, which includes childcare workers, teachers and other essential workers.

"We have the plans in place to continue vaccinating and to expand upon our vaccinations when we have more vaccine available," said Dr. Jill Amsberry, pediatrician at CentraCare and part of the CentraCare COVID-19 Vaccine Planning Team. "This is a big undertaking, and we thank you for your patience during this time as we roll this vaccine out in a staged approach."

Minnesota Department of Health Vaccination Plans

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) opened up vaccination appointments at its nine community vaccination clinics on Tuesday, including one in St. Cloud. MDH is scheduling appointments for people 65 and older – along with educators and childcare workers who worked through their employers to schedule an appointment.

The state is no longer taking appointments after filling nearly 6,000 appointments. For more information from MDH community vaccination clinics, visit the state's Find My Vaccine webpage.

CentraCare is NOT involved with the MDH community vaccination clinics. Similar to COVID-19 testing that is done at River's Edge Convention Center, the scheduling and appointments for those vaccinations are separate.

Dr. Jill Amsberry, who works with both CentraCare's vaccine planning team along with advising MDH on vaccine plans, shares the latest update in the following video.