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Grand Forks Public Health to hold dual-vaccine event

Thursday’s vaccination clinic will be a one-day event, according to a release from the Public Health department.

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File photo of a student nurse practicing giving a vaccination. Tom LaVenture / Forum News Service

GRAND FORKS — Grand Forks Public Health is holding a vaccination clinic offering the COVID-19 and influenza vaccines on Thursday, Jan. 13, at the Grand Cities Mall at 1826 South Washington Street.

The clinic will be open from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, and is located between Play It Again Sports and Ace Hardware in the mall. Thursday’s vaccination clinic will be a one-day event, according to a release from the Public Health department.

“The community has been asking if it is safe and effective to get influenza and COVID-19 vaccine at the same visit, and the answer is yes,” said Immunization Program Coordinator, Haley Bruhn.

In the release, Bruhn noted symptomatic respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19 and influenza have been increasing. She said getting vaccinated against both illnesses at the same time is an opportunity to reduce the burden of severe illnesses and hospitalizations in the community.

“If you haven’t gotten vaccinated yet, getting them now is the best way to be protected in the future,” Bruhn said. “It is not too late as influenza often doesn’t peak until February or March. Both vaccines take a few weeks to build up an immune response and provide the most protection.”

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According to the release, it is safe and effective to receive influenza and COVID-19 vaccines at the same time. The influenza vaccine is recommended for everyone six months and older. Children aged five and older may be vaccinated against COVID-19.

For the COVID-19 vaccine, no insurance is necessary, and is free of charge. Insurance will be billed for the influenza vaccine. Insurances accepted include Medicare Part B, North Dakota Medicaid, Sanford and Blue Cross Blue Shield. The out-of-pocket cost is $55. Flu vaccine will also be available at no cost for those who are uninsured or underinsured.

To pre-register for the event, people can call GFPH at 701-787-8100. Public Health is located at 151 South 4th Street, Suite N301, and is available by appointment for routine vaccinations. For information about COVID-19 vaccines, people can visit www.grandforksgov.com/vaccine .

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