Fargo Cass Public Health nears vaccination milestone of 10,000 doses

Fargo Cass Public Health announced that by next week, it will have surpassed 10,000 doses of administered vaccine to protect against COVID-19.

Patients enter the COVID-19 vaccination center at the former Gordmans location in Fargo. David Samson / The Forum

FARGO — Public health officials in Cass County announced that they are on pace to surpass 10,000 doses of administered vaccine to protect against coronavirus infection by next week.

Fargo Cass Public Health, which has administered 31% of vaccine doses in the county, said the accomplishment is a milestone in the community’s efforts to control the pandemic.

“This is an incredible achievement, one that would not be possible without the tireless work of our team,” said Suzanne Schaefer, the public health unit’s director of nursing. “Not only do we have outstanding staff who are working the actual vaccine clinics, but we also have staff who are active behind the scenes, making phone calls, answering questions and getting residents registered to receive vaccine.”

As of Sunday, Feb. 7, Fargo Cass Public Health had administered 9,952 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. The public health unit is one of 69 enrolled vaccination providers in the county.

In Cass County, 31,860 vaccine doses have been administered, according to the North Dakota Department of Health, which reported that 11.5% of residents have received their first dose and 6.9% have received their second dose.


In Fargo, Sanford Health, Essentia Health and Fargo Cass Public Health jointly operate a community vaccination center where patients can go by appointment to get their shots. The center is in the former Gordmans store in south Fargo.

The vaccination level is similar in Minnesota's Clay County, where 10.4% of residents have received at least one dose.

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