Childcare workers, as well as preschool and K-12 school workers may now register for COVID-19 vaccine at clinics conducted by Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health (BBPH).
Individuals interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine can register through the online COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Form on the City of Bismarck’s website. Once individuals have completed the online COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Form, they will be contacted about setting up an appointment to receive the vaccine.
“Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health is excited to begin clinic availability for these two priority groups,” said BBPH Director Renae Moch. “We have had a number of interested individuals contact us in the weeks leading up to now and we are looking forward to great responses as we continue to fill our clinics.”
If you are unable to complete the online form, please contact BBPH for assistance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 701-355-1540 and selecting Option 1 to speak to a representative regarding COVID-19 vaccine. You must have an appointment to receive vaccine at a BBPH event. More information is available at https://bismarcknd.gov/2015/COVID-Vaccine-Info. Vaccine events are subject to change due to a range of factors, including, but not limited to, weather and vaccine availability.
Underlying health conditions are defined as conditions that create an increased risk of severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19:
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
- Down Syndrome
- Health Conditions (Heart Failure, Coronary Artery Disease or Cardiomyopathies)
- Immunocompromised State (Weakened Immune System) from Solid Organ Transplant
- Obesity (Body Mass Index of 30 kg/m2 or Higher but < 40 kg/m2)
- Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)
- Sickle Cell Disease
- Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
COVID-19 vaccination is now available for anyone in Phase 1A (healthcare workers, first responders, long-term care residents and staff), as well as the following tiers in Phase 1B:
- Adults 75 and older
- Adults aged 65-74 with 2+ underlying conditions
- Other congregate setting residents and staff
- Adults aged 65-74 with 1 underlying condition
- Adults aged 65 and older with no underlying health conditions
- Ages 16-64 or 18-64 with 2+ underlying health conditions
- Childcare workers
- Preschool and K-12 School Workers
Depending on the vaccine used during the clinic, individuals may need to return for a second round of vaccine 21 days (for the Pfizer vaccine) or 28 days (for the Moderna vaccine) later. Individuals receiving vaccination will be able to make their second-dose appointments while at the vaccine clinic. If the Johnson and Johnson vaccine is used at vaccine clinics, this vaccine requires just one dose.
“We still encourage people who may feel symptomatic to continue to seek COVID-19 testing,” said Moch. “Numbers are declining, and that is good, but we still believe this disease is in our community. Because of this, everyone is encouraged to continue to practice physical distancing of at least six feet from other individuals who are not in your household, wearing a face covering if social distancing is not possible, washing your hands with soap often or using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and monitoring your health daily for potential COVID-19 symptoms.”
For ongoing response efforts to the COVID-19 pandemic, the North Dakota Department of Health has established a COVID-19 Hotline to help answer your questions. You may call 1-866-207-2880, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with questions. Please note that individuals seeking specific medical advice should contact their healthcare provider.
For testing event inquiries, as well as questions about other health programs and issues, please call Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health at 355-1540, or you can connect with us through a variety of online platforms. Information is available at www.bismarcknd.gov, as well as through social media: via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more info about COVID-19, visit the ND Department of Health website, NDResponse.gov, or CDC website.