COVID vaccinations now open to the general public, age 16 and older
Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health (BBPH) is now offering COVID-19 vaccinations to the general public. The Pfizer vaccine is available to those age 16 and older. The Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines are available to those age 18 older.
Where do I sign up to get vaccinated?
To sign up for a Bismarck-Burleigh Public Heath (BBPH) vaccine clinic you must visit www.ndvax.org to sign up for your appointment time. If you are unable to complete the online form, please contact BBPH for assistance at 701-355-1540.
At BBPH vaccination events, only individuals who have signed up for an appointment time may receive a vaccination. Presently, vaccination clinics are held at the Bismarck Event Center. On the day of the vaccination clinic, individuals are asked to enter Parking Lot D via Seventh Street. Vaccination will then take place inside the Event Center. Masks are required at all drive-through vaccination clinics.
Individuals should be prepared to spend 30 minutes at their appointment time due to check in and a mandatory 15-minute wait after vaccination to be monitored for reactions.
PLEASE NOTE: You are not eligible for the vaccine if:
- You received any type of vaccination within the last 14 days of your appointment date.
- You received a monoclonal antibody infusion for treatment of COVID-19 within the past 90 days. (You would be eligible to receive the vaccine after the 90 days, when the monoclonal antibodies are no longer present in your system.)
There is NO COST for the COVID-19 vaccine and insurance is NOT billed.
Additional vaccination sites are listed on the ND Department of Health website.
REMINDER: If receiving the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, you will need to receive a second round of vaccination. Pfizer vaccine recipients will receive their second round of vaccination 21 days following the first shot. Moderna vaccine recipients will receive their second round of vaccination 28 days following the first shot. If the Johnson and Johnson vaccine is utilized, this vaccination requires only one dose.
Employee time off for COVID-19 vaccinations
BSC will be flexible in helping employees use breaks, lunch hours and flexible scheduling to support staff and faculty in getting vaccinated should they choose to do so. In the event you need to take additional time away from work, please contact your immediate supervisor or BSC Human Resources.
Are vaccines required at BSC?
BSC is not requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for faculty, staff or students, including for those eligible under the priority group guidelines.
However, if any eligible individual also works in another health care or other employment setting that requires the vaccine, they should follow that employer’s policies.
Do I still need to quarantine if vaccinated?
You do not need to quarantine if you completed your COVID-19 vaccinations at least 2 weeks prior to your close contact exposure to a positive case. For the two injection vaccination series, this refers to completion of both vaccinations.
Persons who are not included in the quarantine exemption following completion of vaccination include:
- Fully vaccinated inpatients and residents in healthcare settings.
- Fully vaccinated healthcare workers with higher-risk exposures (working in health care settings). Healthcare workers are advised to work with their employers for guidance. These healthcare workers would not be required to quarantine outside of their work environment.
- Fully vaccinated residents of non-healthcare congregate settings (correctional facilities, group homes).
Fully vaccinated employees of non-healthcare congregate settings and high-density workplaces (food and manufacturing plants) do not need to quarantine if they do not have symptoms.
Where can I find answers to questions not answered above?
The North Dakota Department of Health has many resources for the public, including several frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. The Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health website also provides local vaccination information.