COVID-19 VACCINES

Children under 12 could soon be eligible for Pfizer vaccine

"We're hoping in the latter parts of October the FDA will give its approval for use."

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — With Pfizer announcing positive results on the effectiveness of their vaccine for five to 11-year-olds, it may not be long before that vaccine becomes readily available. With vaccines against COVID-19 being available to only those who are 12 years of age and older, kids who are under that age group could soon have protection against the…

Sanford in ‘crisis’ as COVID-19 cases surge during critical shortage of nurses

Sanford needs up to 300 nurses in the Fargo region immediately

FARGO (KVRR) – A vice-president at Sanford Health in Fargo says a growing number of unvaccinated COVID-19 patients have created a crisis for health care workers across the region. “We really are in a crisis” according to Sanford Medical Officer Dr. Doug Griffin.  “Hospitals across the region are full with COVID and non-COVID patients. Here in Fargo, we are probably…

Sister of KFGO’s Bob Harris encourages vaccinations following his death from Covid-19

I'm hoping that maybe his story and our story can help convince someone to get the vaccine."

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — A family member of former KFGO radio personality Bob Harris, who died of COVID-19, talks about her experience on dealing with her loss. After dying in December of last year, longtime radio personality Bob Harris is being featured on the North Dakota’s Department of Health’s virtual COVID-19 impact wall. Harris’ sister is now speaking out saying…

ND Department of Health discusses COVID-19 breakthrough cases

"We will have breakthrough cases, it's inevitable and no vaccine is perfect."

NORTH DAKOTA (KVRR) — The North Dakota Department of Health is discussing breakthrough and reinfection data concerning COVID-19. As more people receive their vaccines against COVID-19 some who are fully vaccinated are testing positive for the virus. Health officials are calling those breakthrough cases. “A breakthrough case is an individual that tests positive for COVID-19 after they are fully vaccinated….

Face coverings, vaccinations not required, but encouraged at MSUM

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) – Minnesota State University Moorhead says there are no plans to require face coverings when students return for the new academic year.  The policy is different from the University of Minnesota, which has an indoor mask requirement, regardless of vaccination status. In an email to students, MSUM says its policy is subject to change if new guidelines…

MATBUS Offers Free Rides to COVID-19 Vaccinations

"Passengers who board the MAT bus can tell the driver that they are going to a vaccination site and they will give them a free ride round trip to a vaccination site for both of their shots."

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — A reliable method of transportation is helping get more people to their COVID-19 vaccination appointments. We stopped charging fares March 23rd of last year to March 31st of this year and that was to protect our drivers. We started loading passengers through the back door and not going through the fair box and that was to…

Vaccine hesitancy raises concerns for Sanford Health official

"Were concerned that the supply might outstrip the demand sooner than we'd had hoped, It's way too early for that to be."

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — A Sanford Health medical expert says there is still some hesitancy throughout the community when it comes to getting a COVID-19 vaccine. As more people receive their vaccinations, the number still remains far below the ideal, says Sanford Health’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Doug Griffin. With more eligibility for the vaccinations, the demand has had the…

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz delivers 3rd “State of the State” Address

Gov. Walz discusses COVID-19, police accountability and helping Minnesotans most affected throughout the pandemic.

MANKATO, Minn. (KVRR) — Minnesota Governor Tim Walz delivers his third State of the State Address. Governor Tim Walz begins his State of the State Address by announcing a major COVID-19 vaccination milestone. “More than 1.5 million Minnesotans have received the vaccine. Over 80 percent of seniors have been vaccinated, outperforming the rest of the nation,”(D) Minnesota Governor Tim Walz…

Mahnomen County Is A Leader In COVID-19 Vaccinations

MAHNOMEN CO., Minn. — Mahnomen County is vaccinating at rates that far surpass most other counties in Minnesota. Minnesota Public Radio News reports that as of this past week, 85 percent of people 65 and older in the county have been vaccinated. Public health leaders at White Earth Nation and Mahnomen County credit that high vaccination rate to close collaboration…