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COVID vaccine now available for people in Priority Group 1C

First District Health Unit now has COVID-19 vaccine available for anyone in Priority Group 1C. This includes the following:

· National Guard, not previously covered

· Workers enabling access to human food (i.e., grocery workers)

· Public safety answering points (911)

· Manufacturing related to the development or supply of COVID-19 vaccine

· Other healthcare/public health workers not included in phase 1A

· Free standing clinical laundries

· Public transit, including bus, taxi, ride-share

· Persons age 18 – 64 with one or more high-risk medical conditions (see conditions listed below)

· Blood bank workers not previously vaccinated

· Information Technology

· All other essential workers per Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)**

Vaccinations are done by appointment only. Persons in the current priority group can make an appointment at the Minot office through the First District Health Unit Online Appointment link: https://ph-firstdistrict.as.me/minotcovidimms20210222. The link can also be found on the First District Health Unit website at www.fdhu.org. This link is for COVID vaccination appointments only. If you would like an appointment for any other service or at any other office, or if you have difficulty booking your appointment online, please call your local First District Health Unit office. In Minot, call (701) 852-1376.

First District also continues to vaccinate anyone in Phase 1A and Phase 1B, including school personnel and childcare workers, and anyone 65 and older.

Qualifying high risk medical conditions include:

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

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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