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Lakewood Health System moves to next tier of COVID-19 vaccinations

Lakewood Health System is an independent rural health care system founded in 1936 with a hospital and clinic in Staples, primary care clinics in Browerville, Eagle Bend, Motley and Pillager, and a dermatology clinic and skin and laser center in Sartell.

Lakewood Health System in Staples. Brainerd Dispatch file photo

STAPLES — Lakewood has started a waitlist for the COVID-19 vaccine for those in the Phase 1b, tiers 2 and 3 priority groups, as designated by the Minnesota Department of Health.

To be added to the waitlist, call 218-894-1515. (During clinic hours, choose option No. 2; after hours, stay on the line.)

Phase 1b priority groups include people age 45 to 64 with one or more underlying medical conditions listed below; and people age 16 to 44 (18 to 44 for those receiving the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines) with two or more underlying medical conditions listed below:

  • Active cancer.

  • Chronic kidney disease.

  • COPD.

  • Diabetes – type 1 or 2.

  • Down syndrome.

  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies.

  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant, HIV, bone marrow disease, chronic steroids for more than 30 days, immunodeficiency disease or taking immunosuppressive medications.

  • Obesity – BMI greater than 30 kg2/m2.

  • Pregnancy.

  • Sickle cell disease.

  • People with rare conditions or disabilities that put them at higher risk.

  • People age 50 and older in multigenerational housing.

  • Food-processing facilities.

  • Agriculture, additional school and childcare workers, airport staff, correctional settings, first-responders, food production, food retail (grocery), food service, judicial system workers, manufacturing, postal service workers, public transit workers and public health workers.

For the full list of priority groups, visit https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/vaccine/phase1b1c2.pdf .

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