Marshall (KMHL) – Avera Marshall is beginning to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to patients. The organization is reaching out to patients who meet the state’s current priority criteria to schedule them for appointments.

“Patients don’t need to call us. We will call them when we have a vaccine appointment available for them. We are not developing a waiting list at this point,” said Debbie Streier, Regional President and CEO, Avera Marshall. “We will reach out to our patients over age 65, beginning with the oldest individuals.”

Avera Marshall plans to hold vaccine clinics at its Carlson Street campus on Friday, Feb. 5 and Monday, Feb. 8. A small pilot clinic will be held on Wednesday evening to test processes.

Dr. Steven Meister, Chief Medical Officer, Avera Marshall explained that, in general, Minnesota is receiving fewer COVID-19 vaccines than the number of people who want it. The vaccine is allocated by the federal government to the states. From there, the states distribute it to various entities to get it out to the public.

For the two-dose vaccines, it is very important to receive both doses. When you get your first dose, you will be scheduled for the second dose. Doses are three to four weeks apart, depending on the vaccine manufacturer.

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