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COVID vaccine available for school staff and child care workers

First District Health Unit now has COVID-19 vaccine for school personnel and childcare workers. Vaccinations are done by appointment only. School personnel will receive instructions from their school administration for making appointments. Childcare workers can make an appointment with their local First District Health Unit office. In Minot, call (701) 852-1376.

First District is also still vaccinating everyone 65 and older, individuals in the Phase 1A priority groups, and anyone 18 – 64 with two or more high risk medical conditions. The qualifying conditions are:

Cancer

Chronic lung disease, including COPD

Serious heart conditions e.g. heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies (also known as heart muscle disease)

Obesity with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more

Type 2 diabetes

Chronic kidney disease

Conditions that cause you to be immunocompromised

e.g. HIV infection or those with weakened immune systems due to other illnesses or medication

This group should be aware of the potential for reduced immune response to the vaccine and currently limited safety data of vaccine in this population

Sickle cell disease

Pregnancy

Smoking or history of smoking

Down Syndrome

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