COVID-19 vaccinations

Sanford Health welcomes nurses as capacity nears

"We're anticipating that we'll need staff for high census all the way through the winters and so we're planning for that."

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – Sanford Health is seeing facilities near capacity and with a shorthanded staff, the workload is beginning to take a toll. Local medical facilities continue to surge towards maximum capacity. 530 patients are being housed and treated. 38 of those are COVID related, 10 of those patients are in ICU and staff members are working overtime to…

People protest vaccine mandates at Sanford Health Medical Center

Sanford Health Medical Center, Fargo

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — People protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates saying they should have a right to choose. Those against the COVID-19 vaccinations and mandated face coverings gathered in front of Sanford Health Medical Center hospital to protest what they call their rights to personal freedoms. Protesters say the intention is to bring awareness of people’s right to question and…

COVID-19 vaccination rates plateau in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. – The month of May continues to be a slow one for increasing the rate of COVID-19 vaccinations. The North Dakota Department of Health update released over the weekend shows that 48.5% of residents have received at least their first dose of vaccine, which is roughly the same percentage from a week ago. It has increased by fewer…

Fargo’s vaccination rate is 50 percent

The virtual meeting gives people an update on where we stand in the Covid 19 pandemic and vaccinations

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – Fargo Cass Public Health says the city is nearing a Covid-19 vaccination milestone despite a change in vaccinations. Earlier this week the Johnson and Johnson vaccine was put on pause. Six people out of the more than six million who received the vaccine developed blood clots. Fargo Cass Public Health says they had to make some…

Essentia Health expands vaccine eligibility

People 16 years of age or older will be eligible

NORTH DAKOTA & MINNESOTA (KVRR) – More North Dakotans and Minnesotans are eligible to sign up and receive their COVID-19 vaccinations. Essentia Health is allowing all people living in North Dakota who are 16 years of age or older to receive their vaccines. However, anyone living in Minnesota who is over the age of 16 is able to schedule a…

Transitioning “back to normal” as vaccinations continue to increase in our region

FARGO, N.D. — This week, Sanford Health is getting its biggest shipment of COVID-19 vaccines thus far. Sanford Health Vice President Dr. Doug Griffin says the healthcare system is receiving around 5,000 doses between North Dakota and Minnesota. As of Tuesday, 14% of North Dakotans and 13% percent of Minnesotans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. “Looking forward to another busy…

New Johnson & Johnson vaccine makes strides against COVID-19

The new vaccine will require one dosage compared to the two dose Moderna and Pfizer vaccinations.

FARGO, N.D. — A one shot COVID-19 vaccine will soon join the others providing protection against the virus. “This is a one dose vaccination so that’s very exciting because even though we can produce 200 million doses of the other mRNA vaccines we are only still immunizing a hundred million people so if we are able to produce a hundred…

With COVID-19 vaccinations on the rise it raises concerns among some

"These vaccines appear very effective and very safe particularly as we're giving more and more of them across the country."

FARGO, N.D. — With more people receiving COVID-19 vaccinations, some in the public may be wondering whether or not the vaccines are safe. “There’s a lot of myths around vaccines in general, but I would urge people to get their information either from a healthcare provider that they trust that has knowledge of this,” Sanford Health Vice President and Chief…