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Posted on: March 1, 2021

[ARCHIVED] COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics Available for 16 or 18 and Older with 2 or More Underlying Conditions

BBPH COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics Graphic For Web 21.03.01Individuals aged 16 or 18 and older with two or more underlying health conditions, may now register for COVID-19 vaccine at clinics conducted by Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health (BBPH). 


Individuals interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine can register through the online COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Form on the City of Bismarck’s website. Once individuals have completed the online COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Form, they will be contacted about setting up an appointment to receive the vaccine. 


“Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health continues to work through the priority groups established by the North Dakota Department of Health,” said BBPH Director Renae Moch. “With this priority group, we do want families to be aware there is a difference between the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine that has created the age difference on clinic eligibility. Individuals receiving the Pfizer vaccine may be as young as 16, while individuals receiving the Moderna vaccination must be 18 or older.”


If you are unable to complete the online form, please contact BBPH for assistance by emailing bbph@bismarcknd.gov or calling 701-355-1540 and selecting Option 1 to speak to a representative regarding COVID-19 vaccine. You must have an appointment to receive vaccine at a BBPH event. More information is available at https://bismarcknd.gov/2015/COVID-Vaccine-Info. Vaccine events are subject to change due to a range of factors, including, but not limited to, weather and vaccine availability. 


Underlying health conditions are defined as conditions that create an increased risk of severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19: 

  • Cancer
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • Down Syndrome
  • Health Conditions (Heart Failure, Coronary Artery Disease or Cardiomyopathies)
  • Immunocompromised State (Weakened Immune System) from Solid Organ Transplant
  • Obesity (Body Mass Index of 30 kg/m2 or Higher but < 40 kg/m2)
  • Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Smoking
  • Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

COVID-19 vaccination is now available for anyone in Phase 1A (healthcare workers, first responders, long-term care residents and staff), as well as the following tiers in Phase 1B: 

  • Adults 75 and older
  • Adults aged 65-74 with 2+ underlying conditions
  • Other congregate setting residents and staff
  • Adults aged 65-74 with 1 underlying condition
  • Adults aged 65 and older with no underlying health conditions
  • Ages 16-64 or 18-64 with 2+ underlying health conditions 

Depending on the vaccine used during the clinic, individuals may need to return for a second round of vaccine 21 days (for the Pfizer vaccine) or 28 days (for the Moderna vaccine) later. Individuals receiving vaccination will be able to make their second-dose appointments while at the vaccine clinic. If the Johnson and Johnson vaccine is used at future vaccine clinics, this vaccine requires just one dose. 


“Over the past week we have seen some slight upticks in COVID-19 cases in the county,” said Moch. “Those cases are good reminders that we all need to continue to practice physical distancing of at least six feet from other individuals who are not in your household, wearing a face covering if social distancing is not possible, washing your hands with soap often or using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and monitoring your health daily for potential COVID-19 symptoms. By practicing these mitigation factors, you are keeping yourself as safe as is possible during this pandemic.” 


For ongoing response efforts to the COVID-19 pandemic, the North Dakota Department of Health has established a COVID-19 Hotline to help answer your questions. You may call 1-866-207-2880, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with questions. Please note that individuals seeking specific medical advice should contact their healthcare provider.


For testing event inquiries, as well as questions about other health programs and issues, please call Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health at 355-1540, or you can connect with us through a variety of online platforms. Information is available at www.bismarcknd.gov, as well as through social media: via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more info about COVID-19, visit the ND Department of Health website, NDResponse.gov, or CDC website.


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