Essentia Health celebrated a major milestone in the fight against COVID-19 earlier this week, when it administered its 100,000th vaccine dose.
“We have been presented with many numbers in the past year: cases, tests and, unfortunately, deaths from COVID-19,” said Essentia Health CEO David C. Herman, MD. “This number is different from the others in that it represents protection from COVID-19, and with it the hope that our communities can recover and heal from the difficulties of the previous year. I am very grateful for those who developed the vaccines, and proud of the Essentia Health team whose heroic efforts have administered the vaccine to as many people as possible, as quickly as possible.”
Essentia dispensed its first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in mid-December 2020. Now equipped with vaccine from Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, the pace has accelerated thanks to increased supply.
All three vaccines have been proven safe, effective and the surest way out of this pandemic.
Essentia has reached this monumental milestone by setting up ambitious vaccination efforts across Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota.
Essentia is utilizing space inside and outside of its facilities throughout the communities it serves to administer doses quickly and efficiently.
Essentia said it also recognizes that not everyone has easy access to transportation, which creates a barrier to immunization. That’s why it has set up a robust network of mobile teams that allow it to bring vaccine directly to those in need, as well as people from underrepresented populations.
This effort aligns with Essentia’s mission to make a healthy difference in people’s lives.
To celebrate the 100,000th dose, Essentia is providing treats to all patients and staff at its vaccination sites this week as a way for it to thank both its communities and staff members for doing their part to slow the spread of COVID-19. Each dose provides a glimmer of hope and brings communities closer to ending this pandemic.
While Essentia is proud of this achievement, it is continuously working to enhance capacity and refine processes so that it can deliver even more vaccine. For example, patients and non-patients alike who meet their state’s eligibility criteria can schedule a shot through MyChart — Essentia’s online patient portal — or by calling its toll-free number at (833) 494-0836. Please note that appointments are dependent on vaccine supply at each location.