Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare and Carris Health care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to helps us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Carris Health Now Scheduling COVID-19 Vaccines for Kids Ages 5-11

Published in Pediatrics, News

Beginning Nov. 8, the two-dose Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination series for children ages 5-11 will be available at CentraCare and Carris Health.

Here are the options for the COVID-19 vaccine for your child:

  • Call CentraCare Connect at 320-200-3200 to schedule an appointment at various CentraCare & Carris Health locations.
  • Receive the vaccine during a regular primary care clinic visit.
  • Appointments and walk-ins for the COVID-19 vaccine for patients ages 5 and up, boosters and flu vaccines are available on Saturdays, Nov. 6, 13, and 20, at Carris Health – Willmar Main Clinic, 101 Willmar Ave SW, Willmar, Minn., from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Call 320-200-3200 or 320-231-6358 to schedule an appointment.

A parent or guardian must provide consent and be present at any immunization appointment.

Depending on availability, children ages 5-11 will be able to receive the vaccine at many clinic locations. Also watch the CentraCare Facebook for one-time vaccination events for this age group in various communities.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) also is looking into the possibility of partnering with school districts to provide access to vaccines. Check additional vaccination sites through MDH’s COVID-19 Vaccine for Children and Teens website.

While children are far less likely than adults to get seriously ill from COVID-19, they still can transmit the disease to others. Getting kids vaccinated is an important component of bringing the pandemic under control. For answers to questions about the COVID-19 vaccine for kids 5-11, please visit or talk with your child’s primary care provider.