Dr. Doug Griffin

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 Health To Require Employees To Get COVID-19 Vaccination by Nov. 1

FARGO, N.D. — Sanford Health is requiring all 50,000 of its employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus by November 1. Officials say more than 90% of clinicians and 70% of nurses within the health organization are already fully vaccinated. Exemptions will be made for medical or religious reasons. Sanford Health employees are already required to have several other vaccines…

Sanford Health Limits Johnson and Johnson Vaccine Distribution

Sanford Health is using the limited doses on hand for people who may find it harder getting vaccinated.

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — Plenty of vaccines are readily available, yet hesitancy is still a concern a local health expert tells us. As the Johnson and Johnson vaccine makes its way back from a temporary setback, Sanford Health is using the limited doses on hand for people who may find it harder getting vaccinated. “Right now we have very limited…

COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy still throughout the community

Medical expert says vaccine priority could help prevent possible COVID-19 surge.

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — As COVID-19 vaccines continue to be readily available throughout the Fargo-Moorhead metro, medical experts say there is still doubt when it comes to people receiving their vaccinations. Some of the areas with the most hesitancy include people within younger age groups as well as those who live in rural communities says Sanford Health’s Vice President Dr….

Essentia Health & Sanford Health share how J&J vaccine pause impacts ND & MN

"The incidents out of 6.8 million doses only have six reported cases. Again, it's exceedingly rare and how to even know if the two are related."

NORTH DAKOTA & MINNESOTA (KVRR) – As the FDA and CDC pause the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, local health care facilities are following their guidance. “The incidents out of 6.8 million doses only have six reported cases. Again, it’s exceedingly rare and how to even know if the two are related,” Essentia Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Richard Vetter said….

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…

Sanford Health officials encouraged by high demand for vaccinations

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — As COVID-19 vaccinations open up to more North Dakotans and Minnesotans, those at Sanford Health say they’re encouraged by the demand. Dr. Doug Griffin says Sanford plans on vaccinating around 3,000 people this week. He says vaccinating young adults is crucial since they are attributing to many of the new cases in Cass and Clay counties….

Sanford Health updates on COVID-19 vaccine distribution

The major health system talked over a Zoom call

FARGO, N.D.- Sanford Health is giving us new details on the COVID-19 vaccine. Sanford says it will continue to see rollouts of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines through the end of the month and into the new year. Healthcare workers are still being vaccinated as the first part of its plan. Out of the health care system’s almost 10,000 employees,…

Sanford talks its role in COVID-19 vaccine distribution

The COVID vaccine is coming soon, and Sanford is getting prepared to handle it

FARGO, N.D. — Sanford Health is working hard to prepare its hospitals and clinics for the COVID-19 vaccine. Sanford has been in contact with governments across the states to make sure the facilities are ready to handle the vaccine. It’s still waiting on final details, like how much will be distributed to its locations. Each state will have its own…

Sanford Health announces more hospital beds & infusion center

Sanford talks progress it has made in fight against COVID-19

FARGO, N.D.- Sanford Health is announcing new developments to help with North Dakota’s high hospital capacity problem. The health giant says it has opened 14 new hospital beds in Fargo. This makes a total of 172 beds it has added since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March. By December 1, it will add another 21 beds. Sanford has…