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COVID-19 Vaccine

February 16, 2021

Patients 65+ Asked to Call in on COVID-19 Vaccine Request Line - 507.642.5214

The Madelia Community Hospital & Clinic (MCHC) is now asking people over the age of 65 to phone our COVID-19 Vaccine Request Line if they are still in need of the vaccine. The number to call is 507.642.5214. This number will be answered by an automated voice mail system, and callers will be asked to leave their name, phone number, and date of birth on the recording. When MCHC has vaccine available, these callers will be phoned to set up an appointment.

Initially MCHC had planned to call our older patients directly for COVID-19 vaccine appointments, but that has proven to be a daunting task. Many have already received the vaccine from another health care entity, or are difficult to reach. We are vaccinating patients based on age, starting with our oldest patients, and continuing down the list until we get to those that have just turned 65. After we have completed vaccinating this group, we will move on to the next phase. 

The State of Minnesota allocates limited quantities of the vaccine to facilities like MCHC, but we do not know how much or what kind of vaccine will be supplied until three to four days before it arrives. The Pfizer vaccine requires two doses, 21 days apart; the Moderna vaccine requires two doses, 28 days apart. The patient needs to be available for two appointments to receive both doses of the vaccine. 

MCHC is not the only medical entity administering vaccines. If you are contacted by another health care system, by the state or county first, we encourage you to get the vaccine as soon as possible. Please do not make appointments with two different entities.

The first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were received by MCHC in December. Since then we have vaccinated MCHC caregivers, Madelia police, ambulance, and fire departments, school staff in Madelia and Lake Crystal and many of our oldest patients. We encourage patients to watch our Facebook page and our website www.mchospital.org for the latest information and announcements regarding vaccine distribution. 

Concerns about the vaccine’s effectiveness and side effects have been minimal. Among the MCHC caregivers already vaccinated, side effects were rare and not serious. The risks of COVID-19 far outweigh any risk from the vaccine. Visit the CDC website for the most current information on COVID-19: https://www.coronavirus.gov/

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February 3, 2021

Vaccinations GIven in Madelia and Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial Schools this week

Last Saturday, January 30th,  we were notified by MDH that the Madelia Community Hospital & Clinic and the Lake Crystal Clinic would each receive 100 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The state requires that 90% of the vaccines that we are issued be administered within 72 hours, or we will not be allocated as many doses in the future. So we needed to act fast! 

After conferring with Watonwan County Public Health and Blue Earth County Public Health, we were told that both counties are behind on vaccinating the school staff due to a shortage of the vaccine. So the decision was made to vaccinate the staff at Madelia and St. Mary's schools with the MCHC doses, and to vaccinate the Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial school staff with the Lake Crystal Clinic doses. School personnel are in the first tier of the CDC vaccination guidelines, above those 65 and older. We could have donated the vaccine to the counties for their large immunization clinics, but we chose to go directly to the schools and both schools were very receptive to having us come in to do the vaccinations. A plan to vaccinate our patients over 65 is in place and will be starting very soon.

On Wednesday afternoon (February 3rd), two teams of MCHC caregivers were deployed to the Madelia High School and Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial Elementary and High School to get teachers and other staff vaccinated. Two MCHC nurses and three extra staff members were needed to monitor the patients after the vaccinations at both locations. The school nurses at both locations helped with staffing too, and by 4 p.m. everyone was vaccinated! This was a true collaboration between the county, the schools and MCHC. 

   

     

   

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December, 2020:

Dr. Marc Wilkinson was the first recipient of the Pfizer COVID vaccine at the Madelia Community Hospital & Clinic. The shot was given by Teresa Lange, LPN. Many other caregivers have since received the shot.

Information on vaccinations for the public is not available at this time, but will be posted here when it becomes available. 

COVID-19 Information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)

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