Otter Tail County Public Health is offering COVID-19 vaccine appointments and is following state guidance in prioritizing vaccine appointments for people most at risk of getting COVID-19, or those who could develop severe illness if infected. 

This includes older Minnesotans, those with underlying health conditions, and those in essential jobs.

As vaccine is available and the need presents, Public Health will be in the following cities offering community clinics:

Pelican Rapids: 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month.

Perham: 2nd Fridays of the month.

Fergus Falls: Mondays & Wednesdays each month.

Parkers Prairie, NY Mills and Ottertail City clinics vary so please check the county website or call for weekly updates.

You may schedule an zappointment at an Otter Tail County Public Health COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic any one of these ways:

Visit the county website at

Call our office at 218-998-8320 for help registering.

What does ‘fully vaccinated’ mean? 

According to CDC guidelines ‘fully vaccinated’ means that it has been at least two weeks since getting your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna or two weeks since the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Fully vaccinated people can gather with other fully vaccinated people without masks and gather with low-risk, unvaccinated people from one household without masks. Fully vaccinated people who have been around someone with COVID-19 do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless they have symptoms or live in a group setting.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Please call the Otter Tail County Public Health Information Line at 218-998-8378 or toll free at 833-445-1578. Text “COVIDOTC” to 67283 to get text notifications for vaccine updates in Otter Tail County.

Pelican Drug cleared to administer COVID vaccine

Pelican Drug will now be offering vaccinations at the store in downtown Pelican Rapids. 

Pharmacist Don Perrin had signed up as an independent drug store interested in providing vaccination services, in February. But the approval from the state was slow in coming. 

Perrin announced on April 6 that the store received approval, and there were 100 doses of the Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine available to administer locally.

“We would like to use them up as soon as possible,” said Perrin this week. 

Many pharmacists are trained and certified to administer vaccines, including flu and other shots.