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COVID-19 Vaccine

Fargo Cass Public Health (FCPH) is an enrolled provider for the COVID-19 vaccine and will follow the North Dakota Department of Health recommendations and guidance related to distribution of the vaccine. Priority groups eligible for vaccine have been identified by the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the North Dakota Department of Health. FCPH continues to work with community partners to strategically vaccinate our community in an ethical and efficient manner.


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Vaccination Level Update

FCPH is now providing COVID-19 vaccine to all eligible Cass County residents, including essential workers. Those interested in receiving information about vaccine availability are encouraged to place their name on a vaccine clinic waitlist by using one of the contact methods below. After contact information has been submitted, FCPH will send an email with options to make an appointment for a future vaccine clinic. Residents are encouraged to check their email frequently, including spam and junk folders, for this important communication.

Contact methods:
* Complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Contact Form.
* Call the COVID-19 Vaccine Contact line at 701.298.6951.

Health insurance: After the contact form has been submitted, FCPH will contact residents via email or phone to register for a vaccination clinic. When contacted, please make sure health insurance information is easily accessible as it is required during the registration process. The vaccine itself is being provided at no cost by the federal government; insurance will be charged for the cost of administering the vaccination. Individuals will not be turned away for not having insurance.

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics: Week of April 12 - 17

Below are upcoming COVID-19 vaccine clinics hosted by Fargo Cass Public Health. North Dakota residents age 16 and older are invited to make an appointment using the links below. Consent from a parent or guardian is required during the online clinic registration process for individuals under the age of 18.

Walk-ins are welcome at any time during scheduled clinic hours but appointments are strongly encouraged to streamline the registration process.

Date: April 13, 2021 9am-7pm (Pfizer - age 16 +)
Location: Former Gordman’s building: 5100 14th Ave S Fargo
https://www.ndvax.org//reg/5911670712

Date: April 14, 2021 9am-7pm (Pfizer - age 16 +)
Location: Former Gordman’s building: 5100 14th Ave S Fargo
https://www.ndvax.org//reg/7511296016

Date: April 15, 2021 8am-4pm (Moderna - age 18 +)
Location: Gordman’s 5100 14th Ave S Fargo
https://www.ndvax.org//reg/9110216175

Date: April 16, 2021 8am-11am (Moderna - age 18 +)
Location: Gordman’s 5100 14th Ave S Fargo
https://www.ndvax.org//reg/6153400922

Date: April 16, 2021 Noon-2:30pm (Pfizer - age 18 +)
Location: Gordman’s 5100 14th Ave S Fargo
https://www.ndvax.org//reg/1560524930

If the clinics are full, residents are encouraged to use one of the methods below to place their name on a vaccine clinic wait list:
* Complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Contact Form.
* Call the COVID-19 Vaccine Contact line at 701.298.6951.

Phase 1B Priority Groups

Phase 1B includes older individuals, people with underlying health conditions, other congregate settings, child care workers, and employees of preschools and kindergarten through 12th grade. Cass County residents in any Phase 1B priority group are encouraged to place their name on a vaccine clinic waitlist by completing the COVID-19 Vaccine Contact Form. This will allow FCPH to share information regarding vaccine availability. When submitting the form, please be sure contact information, including name, phone number and email address, is accurate.

Please note: the high-risk medical conditions noted in the below categories are available on the CDC website and are noted in bullet form under "Adults of any age with the following conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19."

Phase 1B (in order of priority):

  • Persons age 75 and older
  • Persons age 65 – 74 with two or more high-risk medical conditions
  • Staff and persons living in other congregate settings (i.e., corrections, group homes, treatment centers, homeless shelters, etc.)
  • Persons age 65 and older with one or more high-risk medical conditions.
  • Persons age 65 and older with or without high-risk medical conditions.
  • Persons with two or more high-risk medical conditions regardless of age.
  • Child care workers.
  • Workers employed by preschools or Kindergarten through 12th grade: teachers, nutritional services, aides, bus drivers, principals, administrative staff, custodians, etc.

Phase 1C Priority Groups

Phase 1C includes essential workers and people of any age at increased risk for COVID-19. Individuals in ALL Phase 1C priority groups are encouraged to place their name on a vaccine clinic waitlist by completing the COVID-19 Vaccine Contact Form, allowing FCPH to share information regarding vaccine availability. When submitting the form, please be sure contact information, including name, phone number and email address, is accurate.

  • National Guard, not previously covered
  • Workers enabling access to human food (i.e., grocery workers), not including restaurant workers
  • Public safety answering points (911)
  • Manufacturing related to the development or supply of COVID-19 vaccine
  • Other healthcare/public health workers not included in phase 1A
  • Free standing clinical laundries
  • Public transit, including bus, taxi, ride-share
  • Persons age 16 – 64 with one or more high-risk medical conditions. These conditions are noted in bullet form under "Adults of any age with the following conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19."
  • Blood bank workers not previously vaccinated
  • Information Technology
  • All other essential workers per Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). For descriptions of essential workers, please see Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) guidance.

Phase 2

On Friday, March 19, the North Dakota Department of Health announced that the state’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout would reach Phase 2 on Monday, March 29, opening vaccine access to all North Dakotans over age 16. The full announcement can be found here: https://www.health.nd.gov/news/department-health-announces-covid-19-vaccine-will-be-available-general-public-march-29.

Individuals in Phase 2 are invited to complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Contact Form.


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COVID-19 Vaccine: Second Dose FAQ

Q: I received my first dose of COVID-19 vaccine through FCPH. Do I need to make an appointment to receive my second dose?
A: Yes, an appointment to receive the second dose of vaccine is required and must be scheduled ahead of time.

Q: How will I know when I can make an appointment?
A: Individuals who received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine through FCPH will receive an email with information to register and make an appointment to receive their second dose.

Q What if I am not able to attend the second dose clinic I have been invited to?
A: Individuals who are not able to attend the second dose clinic they have been invited to will be added to a contact list to be invited for a future clinic. It is strongly recommend to make arrangements to attend the second dose clinic that will be offered to you. Due to planning and logistical considerations, FCPH does not have vaccine clinics available every day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend delaying your second dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

The guidance provided by CDC allows for “second dose administration up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first if it is not feasible to adhere to the recommended interval.” Due to vaccine dose allocation, there is not a guarantee that second doses will be available during this extended interval. Additionally, there is limited data on the efficacy of second doses administered past this interval and it is crucial to avoid the risk of reducing the effectiveness of the vaccine at all costs. Again, it is strongly recommended to schedule your second dose of vaccine during the clinic that will be offered to you.

Q: Why do some individuals receive an invitation to schedule an appointment for their second dose before others, when they were vaccinated about the same time?
A: Each COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer requires a specific amount of time between the first and second doses. Pfizer vaccine doses should be given 3 weeks or 21 days apart. Moderna vaccine doses should be given 1 month or 28 days apart.

Q: What are common side effects after vaccination?
A: Common side effects from vaccination include pain, swelling or redness where the shot was given, a mild fever, chills, fatigue, headache, and muscle and joint aches. These side effects were also noted in COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials. Side effects are more common after the second dose for both Pfizer and Moderna.


COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

North Dakota Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention