UPCOMING VACCINE CLINICS
Pfizer and Moderna vaccine available at Inter-County Nursing Service for initial series and boosters for ages 5 years and older. COVID-19 vaccinations are now approved for children 6 months and older. For children under 5 years old, please contact your child’s primary care provider for information on how to get them vaccinated.
Clinics are located at Inter-County Nursing Service – lower level of the Pennington County Government Center, 101 Main Ave N, Thief River Falls. Pre-register using the links below. Walk-ins may be accepted during clinic hours.
Clinics for anyone 5+
Vaccine Clinic Schedule
Friday 8/12/22 – Moderna/Pfizer https://prepmod.health.state.mn.us/appointment/en/reg/1969530821
Friday 9/16/22 – Moderna/Pfizer https://prepmod.health.state.mn.us/appointment/en/reg/1252958603
See below for others providing COVID-19 vaccine in our area:
- Thrifty White Pharmacy https://www.thriftywhite.com/ Thief River Falls – 218-681-2932 Red Lake Falls – 218-253-3480
- Sanford Clinic Thief River Falls: 218-681-4747
- Altru Clinic Thief River Falls: 218-681-7280
- Walmart Pharmacy Thief River Falls https://www.walmart.com/cp/immunizations-flu-shots/1228302 218-683-3643
- Hugo’s Pharmacy Thief River Falls: 218-681-1515
COVID-19 Update for Pennington & Red Lake County:
The CDC COVID-19 Community Level is a tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area.
For more information, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/…/201…/science/community-levels.html
For Statewide COVID-19 data: MN Situation Update:https://www.health.state.mn.us/…/coronav…/situation.html MN Vaccine Breakthrough Weekly Update: https://www.health.state.mn.us/…/coronav…/stats/vbt.html COVID-19 Vaccine Data: https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/data/index.jsp
- COVIDtests.gov – free COVID tests
- No-cost State Community Testing Sites: https://mn.gov/covid19/get-tested/testing-locations/community-testing.jsp
- Order an At-Home Test at no cost: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/testsites/athome.html
- Test Location Finder Map: https://mn.gov/covid19/get-tested/testing-locations/index.jsp
- COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program Frequently Asked Questions.
- COVID-19 is an infectious disease.
- The disease is caused by a coronavirus not found in people before.
- As doctors and scientists continue to gather new information, it is important to take COVID-19 seriously. We do not yet know all of the negative effects it may have.
- It is important to keep working to slow the spread of the virus by staying home when you can, staying 6 feet away from others, wearing a mask, covering your coughs and sneezes, washing your hands often and well, and getting vaccinated.
- For more information on symptoms, see CDC: Symptoms of Coronavirus.
Watch for Symptoms
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
When to Seek Emergency Medical Attention
Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone
*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.
For current CDC isolation and quarantine guidance:
Omicron in the United States
CDC is working with state and local public health officials to monitor the spread of Omicron. As of December 20, 2021, Omicron has been detected in most states and territories and is rapidly increasing the proportion of COVID-19 cases it is causing.Omicron Data and Potential Spread
What We Know about Omicron
CDC has been collaborating with global public health and industry partners to learn about Omicron, as we continue to monitor its course. We don’t yet know how easily it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, or how well available vaccines and medications work against it.
The Omicron variant likely will spread more easily than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus and how easily Omicron spreads compared to Delta remains unknown. CDC expects that anyone with Omicron infection can spread the virus to others, even if they are vaccinated or don’t have symptoms.
More data are needed to know if Omicron infections, and especially reinfections and breakthrough infections in people who are fully vaccinated, cause more severe illness or death than infection with other variants.
Current vaccines are expected to protect against severe illness, hospitalizations, and deaths due to infection with the Omicron variant. However, breakthrough infections in people who are fully vaccinated are likely to occur. With other variants, like Delta, vaccines have remained effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. The recent emergence of Omicron further emphasizes the importance of vaccination and boosters.
Scientists are working to determine how well existing treatments for COVID-19 work. Based on the changed genetic make-up of Omicron, some treatments are likely to remain effective while others may be less effective.
We have the Tools to Fight Omicron
Vaccines remain the best public health measure to protect people from COVID-19, slow transmission, and reduce the likelihood of new variants emerging.
- COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death.
- Scientists are currently investigating Omicron, including how protected fully vaccinated people will be against infection, hospitalization, and death.
- CDC recommends that everyone 5 years and older protect themselves from COVID-19 by getting fully vaccinated.
- CDC recommends that everyone ages 16 years and older get a booster shot after completing their primary COVID-19 vaccination series. You are eligible for a booster at 5 months after completing Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, 6 months after completing Moderna primary series, and 2 months after the initial J&J/Janssen vaccine. Individuals ages 16-17 are only eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
Masks offer protection against all variants.
- CDC continues to recommend wearing a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high community transmission, regardless of vaccination status.
- CDC provides advice about masks for people who want to learn more about what type of mask is right for them depending on their circumstances.
Tests can tell you if you are currently infected with COVID-19.
- Two types of tests are used to test for current infection: nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) and antigen tests. NAAT and antigen tests can only tell you if you have a current infection.
- Individuals can use the COVID-19 Viral Testing Tool to help determine what kind of test to seek.
- Self-tests can be used at home or anywhere, are easy to use, and produce rapid results.
- If your self-test has a positive result, stay home or isolate for 10 days, wear a mask if you have contact with others, and call your healthcare provider.
- If you have any questions about your self-test result, call your healthcare provider or public health department.
Until we know more about the risk of Omicron, it is important to use all tools available to protect yourself and others.
What CDC is Doing to Learn about Omicron
CDC scientists are working with partners to gather data and virus samples that can be studied to answer important questions about the Omicron variant. Scientific experiments have already started. CDC will provide updates as soon as possible.
In the United States, CDC uses genomic surveillance to track variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 to more quickly identify and act upon these findings to best protect the public’s health. CDC established multiple ways to connect and share genomic sequence data being produced by CDC, public health laboratories, and commercial diagnostic laboratories within publicly accessible databases maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Informationexternal icon (NCBI) and the Global Initiative on Sharing Avian Influenza Dataexternal icon (GISAID). If a variant is circulating at 0.1% frequency, there is a >99% chance that it will be detected in CDC’s national genomic surveillance.
Mental Health & COVID-19
- https://www.nwmhc.org/ The Northwest Mental Health Center
For more details on the vaccine click on the links below:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Minnesota Department of Health