Community Health encourages COVID-19 Vaccination

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June 24, 2021

PARK RAPIDS, MN (June 23rd, 2021) – CHI St. Joseph’s Health Community Health will be hosting community COVID-19 vaccination clinics weekly, starting June 29th, at the Community Health Office.   Online sign up is available at the St. Joseph’s website, or by searching the MDH Vaccination Clinic sign up,   Upcoming clinics are scheduled June 29th, July 6th, July 13th, and July 20th.  All clinics are from 1-3pm.   Both the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are offered, with both first and second doses available.   There is no charge for vaccination.

Hubbard County cases have fallen in recent weeks, but both the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control are concerned about the rise of variants that spread more easily and may cause more severe disease. Both the B.1.617 (Delta, first identified in India) and P.1 (Gamma, first identified in Brazil) are circulating in Minnesota.  Both of these variants may cause more severe disease, particularly in the unvaccinated. An outbreak of the P.1 variant has been identified in nearby Cass County.

Vaccination reduces overall transmission – and thus the chances for mutations and variants – and in many cases can protect against variants. That’s why it’s so important for all who are eligible to get vaccinated.

We are transitioning into a new phase of the COVID-19 pandemic where we can expect outbreaks of illness among pockets of unvaccinated people. Hubbard County’s vaccination rate of 48% is under the overall state rate, making the county more vulnerable to outbreaks of the virus that could tax local resources.

If you are eligible, contact Community Health or your healthcare provider to get vaccinated as soon as you can.  COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.  If you have questions about vaccines, please contact Community Health at 218.237.5464 to speak with a public health nurse, or contact your medical provider.

If you are not yet vaccinated, please continue to take steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask and social distancing particularly in large crowds, staying home when sick, and getting tested when recommended.

About CHI St. Joseph’s Health

CHI St. Joseph’s Health is a 25-bed critical access hospital serving communities in Hubbard, Becker, Cass and Wadena Counties since 1946. In recent years, CHI St. Joseph’s Health’s award-winning teams received several national honors including: The Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures in surgery; Top 100 Critical Access Hospital, HealthStrong; WomenCertified’s America’s Best Hospitals Women’s Choice Award in obstetrics; and the Studer Group Fire Starter Healthcare Organization of the Month among other national, regional and state recognitions.

About CHI

Catholic Health Initiatives, one of the nation’s largest health systems, was formed in 1996 to strengthen the Catholic health ministry for the future. With deep roots in the tradition of expressing Christ’s love by caring for those in need, Catholic Health Initiatives serves more than four million people each year through acute care hospitals; long-term care, assisted and residential-living facilities; community-based health services; home care; research and development; and reference laboratory services.


Contact: Sonja Day
Communication/Marketing Manager
CHI St. Joseph’s Health
600 Pleasant Avenue
Park Rapids, MN  56470

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