Letter to the Editor- COVID-19 Vaccine Public Message
LETTER TO THE EDITOR – March 29, 2021
Dear Community Members,
Across the country, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have devastating effects. Here at CHI St. Joseph’s Health, we have felt the pain and loss in our own community. We’ve supported families who have been affected and mourned those we have lost.
In the last week we have seen a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases in Hubbard County and encourage everyone to do their part to help move us closer to ending the pandemic. The rollout of the vaccine provides a new hope and vaccine is now available to anyone 16 and older.
We want everyone in our community to be safe and get back to hugging our families and friends and shaking hands with our neighbors. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine adds one more layer of protection for you, your family, and your loved ones. Here are some key points about the COVID-19 vaccine:
- All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States are very effective at preventing the disease.
- The most common side effects are pain in the arm where you got the shot, feeling tired, headache, body aches, chills, and fever.
- Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available—wearing masks, staying at least 6 feet apart from people who don’t live with you, avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, washing your hands frequently, and getting vaccinated.
We all play a part in this effort, and you are key. Please sign up to get your COVID-19 vaccination at https://chisjh.org/coronavirus/vaccine-clinic-information/ . COVID-19 vaccine clinics are being offered weekly through CHI St. Joseph’s Health Community Health. We encourage you to monitor our Facebook page and website for the most recent updates.
If you have questions about vaccination clinics in Hubbard County, please contact CHI St. Joseph’s Health Community Health at 218.237.5464.
If you want to know more about COVID-19 vaccines, visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines
Ben Koppelman John Lageson, MD
President Chief of Staff & Hospitalist
CHI St. Joseph’s Health CHI St. Joseph’s Health
About CHI St. Joseph’s Health
CHI St. Joseph’s Health is a 25-bed critical access hospital serving communities in Hubbard, Becker, Cass and Wadena Counties since 1946. In recent years, CHI St. Joseph’s Health’s award-winning teams received several national honors including: The Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures in surgery; Top 100 Critical Access Hospital, HealthStrong; WomenCertified’s America’s Best Hospitals Women’s Choice Award in obstetrics; and the Studer Group Fire Starter Healthcare Organization of the Month among other national, regional and state recognitions.
Catholic Health Initiatives, one of the nation’s largest health systems, was formed in 1996 to strengthen the Catholic health ministry for the future. With deep roots in the tradition of expressing Christ’s love by caring for those in need, Catholic Health Initiatives serves more than four million people each year through acute care hospitals; long-term care, assisted and residential-living facilities; community-based health services; home care; research and development; and reference laboratory services.