vaccines

State to get $14.6 million to increase vaccine access for minorities

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota will receive more than $14.6 million in federal aid to expand access to coronavirus vaccine, particularly among minorities. The funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is part of $3 billion being distributed across the country for vaccinations. The CDC says most of the money must go to support local health departments…

Medical expert addresses COVID-19 vaccination concerns

Vaccine hesitancy is going to be I think one of our next major challenges in bringing this pandemic to heal."

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — Some people may be hesitant to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. “The World Health Organization has identified vaccine hesitancy as one of the top 10 threats to global health since 2019,” NDSU Professor of Practice and Medical Director Dr. Paul Carson said. NDSU Medical Director Paul Carson says it’s something he does not take lightly. “We’re certainly…

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….

Fargo Public Schools To Have Distancing Learning So Staff Can Get Shots

Grand Forks Prepares for Phase 1C

FARGO, N.D. — Starting today, Fargo Cass Public Health is inviting preschool and K through 12 school workers to vaccine clinics. According to the North Dakota COVID-19 Vaccination Plan, this is the final priority group in Phase 1B. Fargo Public Schools will have distance learning March 11, 12, 31 and April 1 so staff can take part in the vaccination…

Childcare Workers Can Start Getting COVID-19 Vaccines In Fargo & Grand Forks

FARGO, N.D. — Public Health units in Fargo and Grand Forks are inviting childcare workers to COVID-19 vaccine clinics starting this week. Childcare workers are one of the priority groups included in Phase 1B which also includes older people and those with underlying health conditions. Childcare workers who work for themselves should complete the COVID-19 Vaccine contact form with Fargo…

Sanford Health is prepared for COVID-19 variant in North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – Sanford Health Vice President Dr. Doug Griffin says it’s no surprise that the U.K. COVID-19 variant has made its way to North Dakota. Even so, he says it does concern him, as there is evidence that the variant is more contagious and may cause more severe illness. Griffin says Sanford Health in Fargo is prepared for…

Fargo VA expands vaccine eligibility, about 2,000 doses available

FARGO (KVRR) – The Fargo VA Health Care System is temporarily expanding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all veterans enrolled in VA healthcare, regardless of age. The vaccine will be distributed Friday, Feb. 12, Saturday, Feb.13 and Monday, Feb. 15. Fargo VA Spokesman Ross Tweten says the facility has the capacity to provide about 2,000 vaccinations. Veterans must be enrolled in…

Minnesota launches vaccine distribution pilot project

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KVRR) – Minnesota is launching a COVID-19 vaccine pilot program that partners with local public health and school districts. Gov. Tim Walz says the program will initially serve adults 65 or older, as well as teachers, school staff, and child care workers. Walz says the program will be the foundation for mass vaccination clinics once the federal…

Sen. Klobuchar & health experts address decline in immunizations & possible dangers

A CDC report showed a "notable decrease" for childhood vaccinations in the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic.

MINNESOTA – There are many things that have taken a backseat since the pandemic started. One of those is some parents not keeping up to date with their children’s vaccines. “During those heavy months of pandemic time, the end of March, April and May, we had a significant decrease in the number of kids that were coming in for well…

NDDoH reminds parents to stay up to date on immunizations despite COVID-19

BISMARCK, N.D.–The North Dakota Department of Health is reminding parents to keep their children up to date on immunizations before the next school year. North Dakota state law requires students in kindergarten through 12th grade to meet a minimum number of required immunizations before they can attend school. The number of immunizations decreased during the COVID-19 pandemic as parents were…