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Essentia Health to address vaccine concerns in public webinar

Essentia hosted a similar COVID-19 vaccine webinar on Jan. 22, attracting 1,500 live viewers, according to officials, with thousands more who watched the recorded webinar afterwards.

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Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center Wednesday, Nov. 18, in Brainerd. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

Essentia Health will host a public webinar to emphasize the importance of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, clarify vaccine myths and highlight recent COVID-19 trends and the prevalence of variants.

“Undecided about the COVID-19 vaccine? Essentia Health experts address your concerns in a live online forum” will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 14. The public hour-long event can be accessed by visiting https://tinyurl.com/58m6pdsn .

The program will include presentations from Dr. Bill Heegaard, president of Essentia Health’s West Market; Dr. Amanda Noska and Dr. Bertha Ayi, infectious disease physicians; and Elena Willmot, senior business intelligence analyst.

The second half of the webinar will feature a question-and-answer session. Attendees can ask questions and raise concerns via the “Q&A” function in Zoom. Following the webinar, the video will be posted to Essentia’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

Additional resources regarding Essentia’s vaccination efforts can be found at www.EssentiaHealth.org ; click the “vaccine information” link at the top of the webpage.


Patients and non-patients are eligible to receive a vaccine through Essentia. They can schedule appointments either by using MyChart or by calling 833-494-0836.

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