COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Call Glenwood Medical Center’s specific COVID Vaccination Line at 320.331.2121 to request an appointment and we’ll call you to schedule.

All vaccinations and COVID testing at Glacial Ridge Hospital/Glenwood Medical Center must be scheduled. Walk-in vaccinations and testing are not available. 

 

Availability

Everyone 6 months and older is recommended to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Pediatric doses are available for children 6 months-11 years of age. 

Boosters are highly encouraged and recommended for everyone ages 12+.

Why are booster shots so important?

Vaccine effectiveness at preventing infection decreases over time because the body’s immune response wanes and the vaccine is less effective against changes in COVID-19 variants. Studies on the new Omicron variant further emphasize the importance of vaccination and booster shots to help prevent infection.

Anyone 12 years and older who received the Pfizer vaccine is recommended to get a booster 5 months after completing their primary COVID-19 vaccination series (2 shots). If you received the Moderna vaccine (approved for those 18 years and older), it is recommended to get a booster 5 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series (2 shots). People who received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine (no longer available) should get a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine booster if it’s been at least 2 months since their shot. Mixing and matching COVID-19 vaccines is allowed by CDC and MDH for booster shots. (ONLY Pfizer is approved for children 5-17 years old.)

Where do I receive my vaccine?

Call GRHS’s COVID-19 Vaccine Line at 320.331.2121 to request an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine or a booster shot. Once we have your information, we will call you to schedule.

After your first vaccine dose, bring your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record card to your next appointments so your provider can fill in the information about your additional doses.

How to Obtain Proof of Your COVID-19 Vaccine

When you get your first COVID-19 vaccine, you will be given a CDC-issued Vaccination Card. If your vaccination card is misplaced or incomplete, here is how you can obtain documentation. You may need proof of COVID-19 vaccination to attend events, travel, or for other reasons in the future so retain it for your records and/or keep it on your smartphone.

Safety and Effectiveness

Are COVID-19 vaccines safe?

Yes. They are safe and effective. Learn more about COVID-19 Vaccines and Safety in the United States.

Should I get vaccinated if I’ve already had COVID-19?

Yes. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that reinfection with COVID-19 is possible, you should be vaccinated and boosted regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. Before Omicron, reinfections were rare, but studies of the mutating variants suggest that a prior COVID-19 infection provides little protection against re-infection. Immune defenses tend to wane after an infection and because the virus is infecting more people now, your chances of being exposed and getting reinfected are also higher. Talk to your doctor if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine, a booster dose, and prior infection.

If I get the COVID-19 vaccine, do I still need to take other precautions?

Yes, vaccine effectiveness at preventing infection decreases over time because the body’s immune response wanes and the vaccine is less effective against changes in COVID-19 variants. The recent emergence of the variants further emphasizes the importance of vaccination and booster shots to help prevent infection or re-infection. Even if you get vaccinated, continue with the other prevention measures such as washing your hands, wearing a mask indoors, staying six feet apart, and limiting gatherings. This will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to people who are not able to be vaccinated.

Where can I find more information about the COVID-19 vaccine?

For the latest information about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the following websites:

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