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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

Vaccine Appointments Open for 65+; Online Scheduling Now Available

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

CentraCare and Carris Health are gearing up to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to as many eligible individuals as possible.

“While initial COVID-19 vaccine supplies were limited during the first 8-12 weeks, it has allowed us to build our scheduling systems and get our vaccination clinic processes in place,” said Dr. George Morris, Incident Commander for CentraCare's COVID-19 response. “Over the last week, we are pleased to see our vaccine supply increase and we are now able to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to anyone in those first priority groups, including those aged 65+, who want to receive it."

In an effort to provide scheduling options, CentraCare has recently opened online scheduling for COVID-19 vaccine appointments. This allows people who are currently eligible to receive the vaccine to either schedule an appointment online or by calling CentraCare Connect at 320-200-3200.

Before moving to vaccinating the next priority groups, outlined by Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, the state of Minnesota needs to achieve a goal of vaccinating 70% of Minnesotans who are 65+.

"This is a huge vaccination effort, and we want to move quickly so that we can start to vaccinate the next group of individuals with high-risk health conditions and other essential workers,” said Morris. “We are already preparing our staff to be ready to reach out to those patients in the next phase so we can swiftly pivot to the next priority group."

The first doses of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 vaccine have also arrived at CentraCare and Carris Health, allowing the three available vaccines to now be distributed within our region.

All the available vaccines have been proven effective at preventing serious illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19 disease. Getting vaccinated with the first vaccine available to you will help protect you from COVID-19.

CentraCare has been sending direct communication to patients who are eligible. Vaccine appointments are now open to non-CentraCare & Carris Health patients and can be made online or by calling CentraCare Connect.

“As more and more area pharmacies and community partners begin to provide access to the vaccine, together we have a common goal to get shots in arms and protect our communities,” said Morris.

For up-to-date information on CentraCare's COVID-19 vaccine plans, please visit