Sanford begins vaccinating 65+ patients

Sanford Bemidji patients 65 and older began to receive their COVID-19 vaccine as the health system moves to make the vaccine more available to the public.

“We are excited to begin offering the COVID-19 vaccine to the public and take the next step toward ending this pandemic,” said Dr. David Wilcox, chief medical officer and primary care physician.

The vaccine will be available by prior communication only, and it’s important that patients do not call Sanford locations to make a vaccination appointment unless they have received instruction to do so.

“As we begin this next phase, please know that not all patients will be able to get their vaccine at the same time,” clarified Dr. Wilcox.

“We will contact you directly when you are eligible to schedule your vaccination based on guidelines from the Department of Health and as more vaccines become available.”


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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