FARGO — Beginning the week of April 26, Fargo Cass Public Health will administer the COVID-19 vaccine from its main location at 1240 25th St. S., in Fargo.
Walk-ins will continue to be welcome during scheduled vaccine clinic hours, but appointments remain preferred in order to streamline the registration process.
"We have appreciated the generosity and partnership of Sanford Health, in inviting us to locate our vaccine operation out of the shared COVID-19 Vaccination Center," said Suzanne Schaefer, the health agency's director of nursing.
She said the shared vaccination center in the former Gordmans building in south Fargo has provided a convenient and familiar location for the community to access the vaccine.
She added, however, that from a scheduling and planning perspective, "the timing is right for us to transition our vaccine operation to our main building. This will allow us to begin the process of integrating COVID-19 vaccine administration into the other services we provide to the community," Schaefer said.
Beginning Tuesday, April 27, COVID-19 vaccine clinics at FCPH will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Tuesday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Thursday.
Anyone planning to receive the COVID-19 vaccine through FCPH should watch for important instructions and signage upon arrival at the vaccine clinic.
All aspects of the FCPH vaccine operation will take place in the front corridor, located on the south-facing side of the building. The west door, located near the large mural on the building, is the designated entrance for the vaccine clinic.
Once inside the building, people will be met by greeters who will provide further direction.
FCPH offers the following tips for those who have an appointment at the vaccine clinic:
- Arrive as close to the scheduled time as possible to help ensure physical distancing requirements.
- Face masks are required, as is social distancing.
- People are encouraged to remain on site for observation for at least 15 minutes following vaccination.
- The government is providing the vaccine at no cost.
For more information about COVID-19 vaccine clinics hosted by FCPH, including dates, times and type of vaccine available, visit: www.FargoCassPublicHealth.com/covidvaccine.
A spokeswoman for Essentia Health said the healthcare provider will continue to offer vaccinations via the joint vaccination center in the former Gordmans building. The provider is now opening up walk-in appointments during normal hours at the location at 5100 14th Ave. S., in Fargo.
On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, Essentia will be at the vaccination center from 1 to 7 p.m. and walk-in appointments will be available for anyone.
People may still schedule a vaccine appointment through Essentia Health by calling 833-494-0836, or using MyChart.
Sanford Health plans to continue providing vaccine at the joint vaccination center.
Information about Sanford Health's vaccination program and how to schedule an appointment may be found on the provider's website.