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COVID-19 Vaccine

Fargo Cass Public Health (FCPH) is an enrolled provider for the COVID-19 vaccine and follows recommendations and guidance from the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the North Dakota Department of Health. FCPH continues to work with community partners to strategically vaccinate our community in an ethical and efficient manner.

CDC has updated its recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines with a preference for people to receive an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna). Read CDC’s media statement for more information. Both the mRNA and the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccines continue to be safer than being unvaccinated and risking COVID-19 illness and associated severe outcomes. However, mRNA vaccines have a better safety profile and should be chosen over the J&J vaccine. Education on this topic will be provided and individuals wishing to receive the J&J vaccine will be able to do so.

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Change - Effective January 3, 2022

Beginning January 3, FCPH will provide COVID-19 vaccine by appointment only in the Immunization Clinic.

The clinic operates Monday from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and is located in the main FCPH building at 1240 25th Street South in Fargo. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 701.241.1383. FCPH will continue to provide first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccine, as well as booster doses for eligible individuals. If you already have a COVID-19 vaccination card, please bring it with you to your appointment.

1st & 2nd Doses

* Pfizer-BioNTech is a 2-dose series recommended for age 5+.
* Moderna is a 2-dose series recommended for age 18+.
* Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) is a single dose recommended for age 18+.

Please visit CDC's Different COVID-19 Vaccines page for additional information.

Booster Doses

Based on recently updated guidance from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, individuals 12 years and older are recommended to receive a booster dose 5 months after completion of their initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination series.

All adults age 18 years and older who received a Moderna vaccine are now recommended to receive a single COVID-19 vaccine booster dose six months following the completion of their primary series.

A single COVID-19 vaccine booster dose is also recommended for all adults ages 18 years and older who were vaccinated two or more months ago with the initial Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) dose.

Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.

5-11 Year Olds

FCPH will provide COVID-19 vaccine for the 5-11 age group by appointment only in our Immunization Clinic. This system allows our staff to provide more one-on-one care for both the parent or guardian and the child receiving vaccine. Appointments can be made by calling Fargo Cass Public Health at 701.241.1383. Parents are also encouraged to contact their child’s primary healthcare provider or local pharmacy to ask about vaccine opportunities for their children.

On Tuesday, November 2, the CDC endorsed the recommendation from its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) that children ages 5-11 be vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine. The CDC recommends that children and adolescents age 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for children and adolescents age 5 and up, as a 2-dose series taken 3 weeks apart. The dose for children aged 5-11 is one-third of the dosage of the vaccine for older adolescents and adults.Visit CDC's COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens to learn more about this topic.

Additional Information

Consent from a parent or guardian is required during the online registration process for individuals under the age of 18. The vaccine itself is being provided at no cost by the federal government; insurance will be charged for the cost of administering the vaccination. Individuals will not be turned away for not having insurance.

Important health & safety information:

  • Please arrive as close to your appointment time as possible. This helps ensure physical distancing requirements.
  • Please wear a facemask and maintain physical distance of 6 feet from others while at the clinic.
  • For your safety, we strongly encourage you to remain on site for observation for at least 15 minutes following your vaccination.
  • For residents under the age of 18, consent from a parent or guardian is required.

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COVID-19 Vaccine: FAQ

Q: What is the recommended time-frame between the first and second doses of the two-dose series?
A: Each COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer requires a specific amount of time between the first and second doses. Pfizer vaccine doses should be given 3 weeks or 21 days apart. Moderna vaccine doses should be given 1 month or 28 days apart.

Q: What are common side effects after vaccination?
A: Common side effects from vaccination include pain, swelling or redness where the shot was given, a mild fever, chills, fatigue, headache, and muscle and joint aches. These side effects were also noted in COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials. Side effects are more common after the second dose for both Pfizer and Moderna.

Visit the below websites for additional COVID-19 vaccine information:
* North Dakota Department of Health
* Centers for Disease Control and Prevention