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Lakewood Health offers COVID-19 vaccine boosters, testing

COVID-19 vaccines, monoclonal antibody therapy and testing are available at Lakewood Health System clinics.

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Lakewood Health System in Staples. Brainerd Dispatch file photo

All three COVID-19 vaccines are available at all Lakewood Health clinic locations in Browerville, Eagle Bend, Motley, Pillager and Staples during regular business hours weekdays.

A booster vaccine has been approved for certain individuals who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine six or more months after their initial series. They include those:

  • 65 years or older.

  • Ages 18 or older who live in long-term care settings.

  • Ages 18 or older who have underlying medical conditions.

  • Ages 18 or older who work or live in high-risk settings.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine booster is approved for those 18 and up who were fully vaccinated two or more months ago.
Booster vaccines can be mixed and matched, so if people received Pfizer for their initial series, they can receive any of the three vaccines as a booster; the same goes for all three vaccines.

Flu and COVID-19 vaccines can be given during the same visit. More research has been done over the past year and it was determined the two are safe to be done at the same time, according to officials. (This includes the first, second and booster shot of the COVID-19 series.)

To schedule a vaccination appointment, call 218-894-1515 and choose option No. 2.

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Monoclonal antibody therapy is for qualified individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19, or have had a high-risk exposure and are at high risk of developing severe COVID-19. It is not for everyone who has been exposed.

This therapy is done as an outpatient procedure and has been shown to lessen the symptoms of COVID-19 and reduce hospitalizations.

Patients needing monoclonal therapy need to self-refer by registering through the Minnesota Resource Allocation Platform, an online tool that connects people and health care providers with COVID-19 medications. To register, visit https://bit.ly/3DbFHqV .

COVID-19 testing is available at Lakewood’s Staples and Browerville clinics by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call 218-894-1515 and choose option No. 2.

Free antigen rapid testing is also available at the Wadena Armory from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays until the end of December. Appointments can be made by going online at https://bit.ly/3ortt7c .

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