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This week, Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health (BBPH) is expected to conclude providing vaccine to individuals in Phase 1A. Phase 1A consists of healthcare workers, first responders and long term care residents and staff. This is the smallest phase in this vaccination plan, with as many as 82,000 people in North Dakota having the option to be vaccinated. The next phase, Phase 1B, is comprised of eight tiers and includes up to 230,000 people statewide. If vaccine arrives as expected, BBPH plans to move into Phase 1B next week offering vaccine to individuals ages 75 and older.
“Changes to vaccination priorities announced at the federal level yesterday caused some confusion for North Dakota residents”, said Renae Moch, BBPH Director. “We want the public to know BBPH will continue to follow the ND Department of Health’s vaccination priority guidelines for COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals ages 75 and older will be the next priority group we vaccinate and we will adjust priorities based on changes and recommendations at the state level.”
Bismarck-Burleigh residents interested in receiving COVID-19 vaccine in the future are encouraged to complete an interest survey available on the BBPH website. Completion of the vaccine interest survey does not secure a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The purpose is to identify what priority group you fit into and puts your name on a list for public health staff to contact you once your priority group is eligible for vaccination. BBPH staff will contact individuals with COVID-19 vaccination appointment information once vaccine is available for your priority group. If you are unable to complete the survey on your own, contact BBPH by email at email@example.com or by phone at 355-1540 and we can assist you. Please complete only 1 survey person to avoid duplicate entries.
BBPH and local public health units across the state are just one piece of the COVID-19 vaccination effort. Local healthcare providers are also vaccinating their patients. Individuals are encouraged to reach out to their primary care providers for vaccination information as they may be able to get the vaccine sooner based vaccine availability at each location.
For testing event inquiries, as well as questions about other health programs, please call Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health at 355-1540, or you can connect with us through a variety of online platforms. Information is available on the City of Bismarck website, as well as through the BBPH homepage and its social media channels: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.