From Otter Tail County Public Health

Otter Tail County Public Health is offering vaccine appointments to everyone 16 years and older. Public Health does not bill insurance or charge an administration fee for COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine is readily available so there is no need to wait your turn. Your turn is today!

COVID-19 Vaccine Data for Otter Tail County Public Health

As of April 20th, 46% of Otter Tail County residents age 16 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine and 21,757 people have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, with 18,343 completing the vaccine series.

Otter Tail County has been notified by the Minnesota Department of Health that the B.1.1.7, B.1.427, B.1.429, and B.1.526 variants have been identified in our area.

What is a variant and how do they emerge?

Jessica Daniels, Instructor of Biology at MState, has a quick biology lesson for us: “Viruses infect and use the host’s cells to replicate and make more copies of itself. When someone is infected with the COVID-19 virus, the virus is replicating its genetic material (RNA) to make new viruses. The more times the virus replicates, the more times it mutates its genetic material. This is how we get new variants, like the UK (B.1.1.7), South Africa (B.1.351), and Brazil (P.1) variants. Mutations can be detrimental, neutral, or beneficial to the virus. Mutations that give an advantage to the virus will eventually become more common. The UK variant is now the dominant variant in the US, because it binds more tightly to our cells, thus it’s more infectious.”

Will our current vaccines work against the variant?

Research is showing that our current vaccines are still effective against the variants.

Otter Tail County Public Health Vaccination Information & Updates

Call: Public Health Information Line at 218-998-8378 or toll free at 833-445-1578 

Text: COVIDOTC to 67283

Email Notifications: ottertailcountymn.us/subscribe-to-updates/

Website: ottertailcountymn.us/covid-19-vaccine/ (schedule appointments here)