Essentia Health is moving its COVID-19 vaccination clinic from its downtown Duluth campus to the former Dress Barn space in Miller Hill Mall.
Starting Friday, Essentia will administer vaccines to patients and non-patients in that space and by appointment only, according to a news release from the Duluth-based health system.
“We are very excited to be relocating our vaccination efforts to a space in our community that is familiar and convenient,” said Essentia’s Klare Volgren, who oversees clinic operations. “This new location offers more opportunity for us to expand and better serve patients and the general public as our vaccination allocation increases over time.”
The health system continues to follow guidance from the state health departments and is offering vaccine appointments to remaining health care workers, long-term care facilities and people ages 65 and older.
Essentia is using a randomization process to select patients ages 65 and older. Once selected, those people are being notified through the health system's online patient portal, called MyChart, or by phone. To register for MyChart, visit essentiahealth.org. Click on the “MyChart” button in the upper-right corner and then click “sign up.” Patients can also download a MyChart app on smart devices.
Essentia is finalizing a plan that would allow more people who are eligible for the vaccine but aren't patients to register for an appointment through MyChart. The process would require non-patients to provide information about their occupation, risk factors and interest in receiving the vaccine.
“We support equal access to the vaccine for both Essentia Health and non-Essentia Health patients through a randomized identification process,” the release said.
The vaccine clinic, across from Maurices, will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It is closed Monday and Tuesday.
Those with an appointment should use Door 16, between J.C. Penney and the St. Louis County Auditor Service Center.
Across the health system in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota, Essentia has administered about 30,000 vaccines since mid-December. About one-third of those were administered at Essentia's St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth.
Because demand for the vaccine outweighs supply, vaccine allocation and appointments are subject to change, the release said. As a result, appointments may need to be rescheduled due to vaccine availability.
This story was updated at 10:35 a.m. Feb. 4 to clarify that proof of employment is not required to schedule a vaccine, but information about occupation may be used to determine if a person is in an eligible field for vaccination. It was originally posted at 11 a.m. Feb. 3.