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Essentia Health expands vaccine-scheduling options

Web posted March 30, 2021
Non-patients now can self-schedule through MyChart
Essentia Health is making it more convenient than ever for our patients and non-patients alike to receive their COVID-19 vaccine.

Residents of Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin who meet their state’s current eligibility criteria can schedule a vaccination appointment one of two ways. First, appointments can be scheduled quickly and easily through MyChart, our online patient portal. A new upgrade allows everyone, including nonpatients, to sign up for MyChart and schedule a vaccination. Previously, MyChart was only available to individuals who had received care at Essentia Health.

“We are pleased to partner with our communities by providing self-service options accessible through MyChart,” said Dr. Sarah Manney, Essentia’s chief medical information officer. “Non-Essentia patients will now be able to schedule a COVID test or vaccine and receive virtual urgent care through our on-demand services.”

Patients and community members also can call Essentia at (833) 494-0836 to ask about scheduling a vaccine. If they meet their state’s eligibility criteria, callers will be scheduled for their immunization.

Please note that both methods require that you meet your state’s vaccination-eligibility criteria. Also, appointments are dependent on vaccine supply at each location.

To sign up for MyChart, visit EssentiaHealth.org and click on the MyChart button in the upper right-hand corner; then click “sign up.” There is also a MyChart app for smart devices.

If you fit into your state’s eligibility criteria and want to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, please utilize one of these scheduling options.

All three vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson) have undergone highly rigorous testing by the Food and Drug Administration that has ensured their safety, and millions of people now have received vaccines worldwide. They are proven to be highly effective, and individuals who are eligible are encouraged to receive any vaccine offered to them.

Additional information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine can be found by visiting EssentiaHealth.org and clicking on the “vaccine distribution” link at the top of the page.

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