The COVID-19 vaccine is being delivered to people in Grand Forks as quickly as possible during these historic times. The partnerships between health care systems, pharmacies, Grand Forks Public Health and senior living communities in our area have been crucial to helping our community get vaccinated.

Our most vulnerable populations are being vaccinated, people over the age of 75 and people 65 and older with two or more high-risk medical conditions. Thanks to a partnership between Altru Health System, Grand Forks Public Health and the city of Grand Forks, more than 4,100 doses have been administered to people in our community. They can sleep a little easier knowing they’re more protected from this virus than they were before.

Ninety-seven percent of the residents at Valley Senior Living have consented to receiving the vaccine, a number we’re proud of. When many of our residents made the decision to get vaccinated, they did so not just for their own safety; they were vaccinated for the safety of their family, friends, the staff that cares for them, and the community.

It’s a lesson we could all learn from as the vaccine rollout continues. It’s not just our well-being at stake, but that of the community. If we continue to build our community’s immunity through vaccination, more people will be protected, including the most vulnerable. Without the partnership of the community, it will be difficult to achieve the immunity needed.

We are grateful to everyone who has chosen to get vaccinated, and encourage you to get on the list to receive your vaccine as soon as possible, a step to protect our community and beyond.

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Dr. Patrick Moore, board member at Valley Senior Living; Dr. Chris Henderson, medical director at Valley Senior Living; Dr. Steven Weiser, president of Altru Health System; Dr. Joel Walz, Grand Forks health officer; Dr. Josh Deere, medical director of primary care at Altru; Dr. Michael Brown, former mayor of Grand Forks, retired physician and board member at Valley Senior Living.