COVID-19 Vaccination Information
Glacial Ridge Health System (GRHS) is working closely with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Horizon Public Health (Pope County) to distribute COVID-19 vaccinations. Minnesota’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution is happening in phases determined by the MDH with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
GRHS and community members who received the vaccine so far are thankful for the doses allocated to the area and remain optimistic. We are proactively notifying patients and community members when additional quantities are available. Eligibility criteria and the steps to take to secure your vaccine will be communicated through the web, on social media, over the radio, and in print.
At this time, we have vaccine available for ages 65 and older. Please call Glenwood Medical Center at 320-634-5157 to schedule an appointment.
Timeline and Availability
Who is eligible to receive a vaccine?
We know many of our patients want the vaccine and we are working to assist public health where we can to make that happen as soon as possible.
Criteria for receiving the vaccine is determined by the distribution phase. Visit the Minnesota Department of Health website for the latest information on which phase we’re in and who is eligible to receive the vaccine during this time.
Where do I receive my vaccine?
Glacial Ridge Health System is now scheduling vaccine appointments for ages 65 and older, childcare workers, and school staff. Please call Glenwood Medical Center at 320.634.5157 to schedule an appointment.
Minnesota’s Community Vaccination Program
With the limited supply of vaccines available in Minnesota at this time, you may want to secure one or be put on the list at one of nine MDH vaccine sites located throughout the state. Random selection for the COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program continues. You can check your eligibility and enter the lottery for an appointment on the MDH website.
Vaccine Connector Has Now Launched in Minnesota
This tool is for all Minnesotans who have not yet been vaccinated. Sign up – whether you are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine now or later – the Vaccine Connector will notify you when it’s your turn for a shot. As vaccine supply increases and doses become more widely available, opportunities to get vaccinated will expand. If you have questions about the form or need language assistance, please call the Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector hotline at 833.431.2053.
How much will it cost to get vaccinated?
Vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost. However, vaccination providers can charge an administration fee for giving someone the shot. Vaccination providers can be reimbursed for this by the patient’s public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund. No one can be denied a vaccine if they are unable to pay the vaccine administration fee.
Safety and Effectiveness
Are COVID-19 vaccines safe?
Yes. All possible vaccine candidates are in various stages of testing in humans to ensure they are both safe and effective. Learn more about Ensuring the Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines 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 regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 infection. Talk to your doctor if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
If I get the COVID-19 vaccine, do I still need to take other precautions?
Yes, even if you get vaccinated, we recommend you continue with the other prevention measures you’ve been doing, such as washing your hands, wearing a mask, staying six feet apart, and limiting gatherings. Many people in our state will need to wait months to get the vaccine, and masks and other prevention measures are still recommended to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to people who are not yet vaccinated. We also want to remind you that it’s not too late to get your flu vaccine.
Where can I find more information about the COVID-19 vaccine?
For the latest information about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the following websites:
GRHS Local and State Updates
- Side Effects are Normal and Healthy After COVID-19 Vaccination – Written by Dr. Haus
- FAQs About Getting a COVID Vaccine at Glacial Ridge
- COVID-19 Vaccination Plan Locally
- As COVID-19 Vaccines Roll-Out, Glacial Ridge Hospital Employees Step Up to Get Theirs
- COVID-19 Cases Surge Locally, Statewide; Hospital Access Impacted
- Cold, Flu, or COVID-19? (Printable Chart)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guide for Patients With Asthma
- COVID-19 vs. Seasonal Allergies
- Flu Vaccine – Minimize the Burden and Risk of Respiratory Illness this Year
- FAQs About Wearing Face Coverings in Indoor Spaces and Businesses (PDF) – MDH – MN Executive Order
- GRHS Testing “Strike Team” Provides Partnership, Peace of Mind for Area’s Long-term Care Facilities
- Safety Protocols Enhanced at Glacial Ridge Clinics and Hospital; Plus Information About Essential Visits
- Getting Care Safely at GRHS Clinics and Glacial Ridge Hospital During COVID-19
- Homecare and Hospice Staff Use Precautionary Measures and Continue to Provide Service to the Community
- Glacial Ridge Health System Prepared for COVID-19
- Good Old-Fashioned Hand Washing is Best
- Managing Stress and the Threat of COVID-19 – MDH
- Talking with Children About Coronavirus – CDC
- Influenza Statistics – MDH
- Governor’s Executive Orders – State of MN
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