Question: What changes are going into effect, now that most health units are moving to Phase 1C?
Answer: There are a few changes to be aware of. First, health units are not serving groups in a sequence for Phase 1C, as had been the case for Phases 1A and 1B. Instead, vaccine clinics are open to all groups listed in the category at once.
Individuals served by Phase 1C include the following:
- National Guard, not previously covered
- Grocery workers
- Public safety answering points (911)
- COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing workers
- Health care/public health workers not in Phase 1A
- Public transit – including bus, taxi and ride share – workers
- People age 16-64 with 1 underlying conditions
- Blood bank workers not previously vaccinated
- IT workers unable to work from home
- All other essential workers per Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) unable to work from home
While most of these groups are self-explanatory, two groups require more explanation:
- Individuals aged 16-64 with 1 underlying condition are dependent on which type of vaccine is utilized at the vaccine clinic. If the Pfizer vaccine is used, individuals aged 16 to 64 with 1 underlying health condition can receive the vaccine. However, if the Moderna vaccine is utilized, individuals aged 18-64 with 1 underlying health condition may receive the vaccine.
- All other essential workers per Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) unable to work from home is a large group, encompassing the majority of working North Dakota adults.
Finally, Custer Health and Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health has altered how you sign up for your COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals who qualify under Phases 1A, 1B or 1C, and are interested in receiving their vaccination must go to https://www.ndvax.org/ and proceed through the following steps:
- Click ‘Find a Clinic’ button
- Search for the vaccine clinic you would like to attend. When you find your event, click on the ‘Sign Up for a COVID-19 Vaccination’ button that corresponds with that event. If the event does not have this button, that vaccine clinic has been filled and no longer has available appointments.
- Click on the appropriate time slot that you would like to attend at the clinic, scroll to the bottom of the screen and click the ‘Save and Continue’ button.
- Enter information requested to complete your appointment for the vaccine clinic. If you do not have an appointment secured for the vaccine clinic, you will be unable to receive vaccine at the clinic.
If you are unable to schedule an appointment online, or need assistance scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, please call BBPH at (701) 355-1540 and select Option 1 to speak to a representative, or call Custer Health’s Mandan office at (701) 667-3370 or toll free at 1-888-667-3370. More information is available online at https://www.bismarcknd.gov/2015/COVID-Vaccine-Info and https://www.custerhealth.com/vaccine-information.
Phase 1C is comprised of up to 165,000 in North Dakota who may be vaccinated. Upon completion of Phase 1C, Phase 2 (general public) vaccination will begin.