COVID-19 Staff Vaccination Ambassadors

We want to recognize and applaud those organizations that have a current COVID-19 staff vaccination rate of 75% or greater. This is a major accomplishment and something to celebrate. To our COVID-19 Staff Vaccination Ambassadors, we applaud you! If you have not completed the Great Plains QIN Staff Vaccination Inquiry Form or have updated numbers, please submit – links are provided on the right hand side of this page. We will continue to update this page as new information becomes available. **All information is self-reported.

North Dakota

Arbor House
Arbor House

We provided education on an ongoing basis through a variety of avenues i.e. 1:1 discussion, paper handouts, video’s, etc. A $100.00 bonus was provided to fully vaccinated staff as a “thank you for giving the gift of protection to our residents and your co-workers.”

Benedictine Living Community - Ellendale
Benedictine Living Community - Ellendale

 

We offered ongoing education at monthly staff meeting and utilized Dr. Paul Carson’s videos.

Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Basic Care
Bethel Lutheran Nursing and Rehab Center

We provide education on an ongoing basis through a variety of avenues i.e. 1:1 visits, paper handouts, video’s, etc. A $100.00 bonus was also provided as a “thank you for the gift of protection to our residents and you co-worker.”

Bismarck Burleigh Public Health
Bismarck Burleigh Public Health

It is a longstanding tradition at Bismarck Burleigh Public Health to promote vaccinations and Covid-19 has been no different. It is the mind set of our staff to never miss an opportunity to educate and administer a vaccine. It is our belief that we can’t promote an attitude of vaccine importance if we aren’t willing to be vaccinated ourselves.
Cavalier County Health District
Cavalier County Health District
Cavalier County Memorial Hospital
Cavalier County Memorial Hospital

We worked with Cavalier County Public Health to provide and schedule vaccination dates starting in December. Staff were able to leave work briefly to get the vaccination. Nursing leaders and other leadership staff also got the vaccination. We rolled it out based on the Tier system from the state. Most were quite willing to get the vaccine. We had one staff member who had been quite ill with COVID, which may have also encouraged staff to get vaccinated. People need to decide on their own. They do not like to be pushed and that will actually drive certain groups away.
Central Valley Health District
Central Valley Health District
CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington
CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington
CHI Health at Home and Hospice
CHI Health and Home and Hospice

Allowing staff to schedule vaccine time during working hours has assisted our agency in increasing our rate.
City-County Health District
City-County Health District
Dickey County Health District
Dickey County Health District

We are a public health unit that has been involved in the front line work during this pandemic. We were delighted that we have a 100% immunization rate.

Eventide - Fargo
Eventide Fargo

Persistence and education are key. We also had a mandatory PowerPoint presentation and education meeting discussing the science and facts on the vaccines. We included testimonials from staff who are suffering from long hauler COVID symptoms, as well as those who had family members were with severe COVID. We also used resident testimonials on reasons why they hope staff will get vaccinated and what they are looking forward to post vaccine. We have actively worked with local pharmacies and the county to get people vaccinated when we don’t have doses on hand. If someone wants a vaccine I will find them one.
Eventide - Sheyenne Crossings
Eventide - Sheyenne Crossings

We did a lot of education leading up to our initial vaccine clinics. We did hang up signs in the building talking about common myths of the vaccines and discussing reasons why staff should get the vaccine, but I truly believe it comes down to talking with your staff 1:1. I had many meetings with staff and discussed their personal concerns, thoughts and feelings about the vaccine and provided them with education and resources for them to do additional reading tailored to their specific concerns. We attended numerous shift reports and department meetings and really just talked about how important the vaccine is to the health and safety of the residents and our employees. Once we started getting employees to agree to get the vaccine, others who were hesitant started encouraging their co-workers and it really was a domino effect. I continue to talk with people who have not yet chosen to get the vaccine and talk about what fears they still have. We have continued to get more staff to take the vaccine every week and just keep encouraging and educating. We are currently at 90% of our staff vaccinated with more staff planning to get the vaccine next week. I think the difference for us was addressing vaccine concerns on a personal level. We addressed their fears and tailored responses and education to what each individual was worried about and what each individual had to gain from getting the vaccine. We were very persistent in our education and didn’t let an initial no stop us from continuing to approach employees and encourage them to rethink their position.

Fargo Elim Assisted Living
Fargo Elim Assisted Living

 

We offered education and a staff bonus of $100 for those who received their vaccination.

First Care Health Center
First Care Health Center

We listened to the concerns of our staff as the vaccine was getting ready to roll out and we knew there was some hesitation out there about the vaccines and their safety and efficacy. Our Incident Command Team spoke with one of our physicians who agreed to give presentations for our staff regarding the vaccine. We had our staff sign up for one of several sessions offered and allowed time for Q&A at the end. These informative sessions were very well attended and well received. We are confident they helped change the mind of some of our staff. We sent an anonymous survey to find out how many of our staff were planning to get vaccinated. We were able to use this to gage if we needed to do more staff education. We made our vaccination days a fun event. We had photo ops, snacks, and music. There was a lot of excitement around there the first couple of days! All three of our providers were willing to get our first vaccines in front of the group and this was covered by the local newspapers. As of today we have 92.3% of our staff vaccinated against COVID-19!
First District Health District
First District Health Unit
Grand Forks Public Health
Grand Forks Public Health

We provided on-site vaccinations and multiple convenient opportunities for personnel to be vaccinated. Administrative leave was available for anyone who experienced side effects preventing them from their assigned work after vaccination. Information about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine was provided frequently to staff in many venues such as print, research information, webinars and opportunities to visit with vaccine experts if they had questions.  

Griggs County Care Center
Griggs County Care Center

Education. We benefit due to being a small family-orientated facility; we want to protect all whom we care for and wanted residents to be able to have visitors. 

Heart of America Medical Center
Heart of America Medical Center

 

We continue to offer education on the benefits of the vaccine through meetings, one-on-one conversations and videos. Having 100% of the residents vaccinated without side effects has helped. Staff members witnessing for themselves the mild side effects, if any, coworkers had with the vaccine. Cutting down on mandatory testing for vaccinated employees (still meeting the CMS criteria), but continuing with enhanced testing for unvaccinated employees. 

Heritage Centre Assisted Living
Heritage Centre Assisted Living

With being in healthcare, most of our staff have not questioned why to get the vaccine. We do mandate goggles/face shields/testing for all unvaccinated staff and there are a few not willing to go that extra step.

LaMoure County Health Department
LaMoure County Health Department

All staff believe in vaccination. Only one staff member has opted out due to multiple allergies to medications and foods.

Lillestol Research
Lillestol Research

Our organization is participating in the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine trial. As a result, our staff believes in science behind the vaccine and we have a 96% vaccination rate.
Maryhill Manor
Maryhill Manor

Education. Education. Education. Sitting down with staff that were hesitant and walking them through their concerns. Access: making it easy for staff to get vaccinated by having the clinic on-site.
Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy
Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy

Our staff voluntarily received vaccinations and completed their doses in February 2021. All but two (one being a new hire) received both doses of Moderna.

Nelson-Griggs District Health Unit
Nelson-Griggs District Health Unit

Nelson-Griggs District Health Unit employs a total of 3 staff – 2 RNs and 1 Administrative Assistant. With such a small staff, 3 other RNs have provided limited nursing services as needed for COVID-19 clinics and other public health services. All 6 are vaccinated, making our staff 100% vaccinated.

Northwood Deaconess Health Center
Northwood Deaconess Health Center

It’s really helped that our clinic is an authorized vaccination clinic. They run vaccine clinics every Thursday. Majority of our staff vaccinated initially then we picked away at the rest of the staff over time. I know some changed their mind as they were more comfortable. We made a change allowing vaccinated staff to no longer wear eye protection and that made a few change their minds. We’ve included education in newsletters, daily briefs, meetings, direct conversations etc. I’ve met with many of our staff on a one on one for those that wanted more information, some decided to take it others have continued to refuse. Under 18 population, pregnant, breast feeding, potential child bearing age seem to be the largest portion of our unvaccinated. I’ve had other say they’ll get vaccinated if it leads to taking the mask off, which right now is not the case for the vaccinated and they’re seeing that.

Pembina County Public Health
Pembina County Public Health

100% of the Pembina County Public Health staff are vaccinated.

Prairie SEA: Sinus Ear & Allergy Clinic
Prairie SEA: Sinus Ear & Allergy Clinic

Misconceptions were the biggest impediment to vaccination. We were able to achieve a 100% vaccination rate though patience and education of our excellent staff. Our physician staff provided materials and staff education with verified source information from the State of North Dakota Department of Health, the CDC and the American Academy of Obstetrics and Gynecology. We regularly entertained all questions and concerns with openness.

Ransom County Public Health
Ransom County Public Health

All of our staff understands the importance of vaccination and there really were no barriers. Everyone was very excited to receive their vaccine!
Richland County Health Department
Richland County Health Department
Rolette Community Care Center
Rolette Community Care Center

We had low numbers with the first round, but as they saw no major side effects and with word of mouth and discussions, the numbers have risen.

Rolette County Public Health District
Rolette County Public Health District

It is very hard to be giving the vaccine and encouraging others to get the vaccine if you haven’t gotten it yourself. After the hours worked and frustration for the last year, it was a very easy decision as we knew it was the first step at ending the pandemic

Rosewood on Broadway
Rosewood on Broadway

We initially provided education of the benefits of getting vaccinated to all staff and residents. We did a survey of staff to find out what questions they had about the vaccine and provided education based on those questions. Once we got the initial list of staff, we went back to those that had not consented and asked if they had any further questions. We sent out Dr. Paul Carson’s video on vaccination to all staff and families of the residents to help answer their questions on the benefits of vaccination. Prior to our first vaccination date, a few key staff sent out emails to all staff saying why they were personally choosing to receive the vaccination. That encouraged staff to talk to those people with their questions. In January, we had 3 scheduled dates for staff to receive their vaccinations at the facility. Some of the staff that were holding out on getting the vaccine were able to see that their co-workers did not experience side effects and did very well after getting their 1st and 2nd doses. They were also able to see many of their co-workers wearing buttons that the facility gave them that said “I got my COVID-19 vaccination”. We continue to talk to new staff and send out reminders to staff when we are giving vaccinations so they know that it is available to them. All of these things together have been successful in encouraging staff to get the vaccine.

Sargent County District Health Unit
Sargent County District Health Unit

 

There was very little hesitancy among our small staff.

Spectra Health
Spectra Health

COVID vaccine available on-site during work hours helped to reduce barriers and made it convenient for employees to get vaccinated. Given that we work in healthcare, many employees were motivated and excited to be given the opportunity to get vaccinated for their health and safety as well as the health and safety of their family, friends and our community.
Spirit Lake Health Center
Spirit Lake Health Center

Education using reputable sources from North Dakota Department of Health and CDC Vaccine acceptance over time. Also, providing multiple opportunities for vaccination.
St. Andrew's Health Center
St. Andrew's Health Center

Actually didn’t take much convincing! Our staff were pretty excited to get vaccinated. A vaccine clinics all shifts care package was given with each vaccine (tylenol, powerade, chicken soup). Prior to vaccine rollout, all employees were required to watch Paul Carson video re: vaccine safety and efficacy. In addition, posters, pamphlets, etc. were distributed and an in-house video scrolling message board with pro vaccine education was displayed.
St. Gerard's Community of Care
St. Gerard's Community of Care

Staff education and requiring education prior to signing a declination sheet. For those not immunized, we require continued use of higher level of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) compared to those who took vaccine, etc.

Steele County Public Health Department
Steele County Public Health Dept

No barriers; our employees welcomed the vaccine

The Arc Upper Valley

94% of our staff have been vaccinated as of yesterday at 5:00 pm, and everyone did this on their own. We had some informal inter-departmental conversations when the vaccine was available, but we never formally recommended it to our staff. We are so proud of our staff for looking out for their health and the health of the community.
The Medicine Shoppe
The Medicine Shoppe

We have not seen barriers preventing our staff from getting vaccinated. We all wanted to be vaccinated as soon as we were able, to get life back to normal.
Traill District Health Unit
Traill District Health Unit

Our public health office works continuously to get others vaccinated and to achieve a higher vaccination rate. It required no effort at all to get our staff vaccinated at the first opportunity presented.

Turtle Lake Rexall Drug
Turtle Lake Rexall Drug

We offered vaccinations early and made them easily available.

Unity Medical Center
United Medical Center

1 on 1 conversations for those hesitant. We would like to see ourselves above 90%. We have a young female workforce that are hesitant due to concerns of either being presently pregnant or concerned about future pregnancy complications. We are planning an anonymous survey to assess  concerns and help provide information and 1 on 1 conversations to help increase our percentage.
Upper Missouri District Health Unit
Upper Missouri District Health Unit

Education from trusted sources and leadership encouragement.

Valley Senior Living on 42nd
Valley Senior Living on 42nd

Education, education and education. Revisiting with those who declined initially.

Valley Senior Living on Columbia
Valley Senior Living on Columbia

Education, education and education. Revisiting with those who declined initially.

Villa Maria
Villa Maria

Villa Maria initially provided education of the benefits of getting vaccinated to all staff and residents. We did a survey of staff to find out what questions they had about the vaccine and provided education based on those questions. Once we got the initial list of staff we went back to those that had not consented and asked if they had any further questions. We sent out Dr. Paul Carson’s video on vaccination to all staff and families of the residents to help answer their questions on the benefits of vaccination. In January and February, we had 3 scheduled dates for staff to receive their vaccinations at the facility. Some of the staff that were holding out on getting the vaccine were able to see that their co-workers did not experience side effects and did very well after getting their 1st and 2nd doses. They were also able to see many of their co-workers wearing buttons that the facility gave them that said “I got my COVID-19 vaccination”. We continue to talk to new staff and those that have not received the vaccine. All of these things together have been successful in encouraging staff to get the vaccine.

Walsh County Health District & WIC
Walsh County Health District & WIC

All staff have recognized the importance of vaccination and readily adopted getting the vaccine.

Wells County District Health Unit
Wells County District Health Unit

South Dakota

Avantara Huron
Advantara Huron Certificate

Reminding staff that visitation, activities, dining opportunities, etc., could all be much better for our residents if everyone would get vaccinated really helped our staff get on board with getting their vaccinations.

Aurora Brule Care and Rehab
Aurora Brule Care and Rehab

We have hit 80 percent of our staff to be vaccinated. We continue to reach out and educate. Hoping to continue to have 1 or 2 more, at the very least, lean to getting the vaccine.

Avantara Arrowhead

Avantara Arrowhead

Avera Borman Manor
Avera Borman Manor

We have staff who made their minds up from the beginning to not receive vaccination. They are still required to test at least weekly and now they are the only staff required to wear eye protection at all times while working. I’m hoping this last regulation will sway their decisions and they will get the vaccine after all. 

Avera Brady Health and Rehab
Avera Brady Health and Rehab

We continue to provide education on the benefits of vaccination and what impact it has for our residents. We provided vaccine clinics at the facility and in the community and covered for staff that were schedule for vaccine during their shift. We continue to educate those not fully vaccinated on the benefit and where and when they can get vaccinated.

Bethany Home Brandon
Bethany Home Brandon.

Education has been very important. Our Medical Director held a Q&A with our staff and recorded it so we could send it to our other staff members who could not attend. It focused on FAQs for the vaccine and some misinformation that had been circulating. We also share vaccine information from the CDC with staff members who have questions. Frequent follow-up with staff is also another tactic that has worked for us. Respectfully asking staff who have declined frequently has convinced them to change their minds. Leadership accepting and advocating for the vaccine has also been important. We also started a reward program that all staff are entered in based on our percentage of staff who receive the vaccine. With each new benchmark we have another drawing for a new reward. The method that has been most effective is just keeping a part of daily conversation so staff understand its importance and how it can impact our resident’s lives.

Clarkson Health Care

Clarkson Health Care COVID-19 Ambassador Certificate

Meeting the CMS goal of 75% or higher staff vaccination levels has been made possible by our dedicated staff group, who have been willing to learn about the significant benefits of the COVID vaccination, particularly in regards to how it protects our residents and us as health care professionals. We have also been well supported by our vaccine partners, who have made the process of receiving the vaccine simple and accessible for residents and staff. Ongoing education for those staff who have not yet received their COVID vaccination continues, and we continue to encourage and make available the vaccine for all staff who have not yet received it.

Faulkton Area Medical Center
Faulkton Area Medical Center

I think the open communication our facility had during the pandemic helped our success rate. Faulk County was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic; numerous hospitalizations, 4% death rate and a nursing home next to our hospital was hit hard badly by the virus. I think that with our entire facility seeing how devastating this virus was to our community led to our staff knowing that vaccination was the most successful way to battle back against COVID-19.

Highmore Health
Highmore Health

We did not have any special tricks or tips that helped. The main thing we did was having all of our leaders make known that they were planning to get vaccinated during the early phases of education to staff. We started education and answered questions long before the vaccine was available to our facility. When there were concerns that were seen on social media, we presented facts from reliable sources. We weren’t pushy and made sure everyone knew they did not have to get the vaccine if they did not want it. We have an older population of employees that work here as well that were more open to getting the vaccine to protect themselves.

Medicine Wheel Village
Medicine Wheel Village

Our employees have access to Indian Health Services (IHS) Vaccinations. We offered mandatory education and work closely with Tribal Health as they continue to have vaccination clinics that our staff can obtain their COVID 19 vaccination.

Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home
Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home

We continued to highly encourage our employees to get vaccinated weekly in our communication flash newsletter. We made personal calls also.

Platte, Geddes & White Lake Medical Clinics Avera
Platte, Geddes & White Lake Medical Clinics Avera

All our providers were strong supporters of the vaccine. Their leadership was valuable. We have been very open in communicating about COVID throughout the pandemic and then when the vaccine was available, we continued to communicate, communicate, communicate the facts, openly and honestly. There may have been some peer pressure from staff, but that did not come from administration. Staff here are very proud that our clinics’ staffs are 100% vaccinated!

Platte Health Center
Platte Health Center Certificate

I believe that the biggest hindrance to our vaccination efforts early on was the unknown about the vaccines. Staff were provided facts about both the Moderna and Phizer vaccines prior to the vaccination clinic. We did not force anyone to receive their vaccine; we left it completely voluntary. We provided all information that we could so that our staff could make the best choice for them, their family and their community. We were also in our facility outbreak at the time the first vaccines arrived. I know the staff saw firsthand the effects of COVID-19 and I am sure that experience had in impact on their decision to get the vaccine. I personally went around to nursing staff who did not receive the vaccination and asked them their concerns of why they were not getting the vaccination. This seemed to help clear any misconceptions or questions they were having and I also had one of our providers talk to a few staff that were having questions medically wise about if they receive the vaccination.

Prairie Estates Care Center
Prairie Estates Care Center

We provided several information sessions and kept things positive. After the first group of staff received their vaccines, we gave honest feedback about the side effects we experienced and continued providing science-based information.

Prairie View Healthcare Center

Prairie View Healthcare Center COVID-19 Ambassador Certificate

Leadership buy in to the vaccination helped our organization with vaccination rates.

Riverview Healthcare Center
Riverview Healthcare Center

Staff really bought in to the idea that in getting vaccinated they were protecting not only themselves, but our residents. We were very fortunate in that so many staff were willing to participate, it shows how much they care about our facility and our community.

Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital
Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital

Initially, we provided multiple credible sources through a facility Intranet and an e-mail that was sent to staff with multiple FAQs. We also held an Employee Forum where our medical director and infectious disease physician answered questions from employees.

St. William's Care Center
-St.-Williams-Care-Center.

We strongly encouraged staff to get vaccinated to protect themselves, the residents and their families, but ultimately left the decision up to them. We had to wait until the Pfizer vaccine was available for some of our high school students. 

Tieszen Memorial Home Inc.
Tieszen Memorial Home Inc.

From the beginning of vaccination talks, we have approached it as a personal decision. Our board of directors assisted by offering a financial incentive to our staff for taking the vaccination. When the state offered the $500 incentive payment for staff to watch the CMS Infection Control/COVID education, we felt the vaccination was just as important for our facility and offered the same for our staff. In addition, many of our staff were here during our outbreak and seeing what that did to our residents and facility was important. We’ve been fortunate to have so many willing to be vaccinated.

Wheatcrest Hills
Wheatcrest Hills
Weskota Manor

We had COVID in our facility and staff saw firsthand what it can do. We lost 13 residents. This was very traumatic for staff. Staff had a positive attitude and were willing to get vaccine because they did not want to go through it again.

Westhills Village Care Center

Meeting the CMS goal of 75% or higher staff vaccination levels has been made possible by our dedicated staff group, who have been willing to learn about the significant benefits of the COVID vaccination, particularly in regards to how it protects our residents and us as health care professionals. We have also been well supported by our vaccine partners, who have made the process of receiving the vaccine simple and accessible for residents and staff. Ongoing education for those staff who have not yet received their COVID vaccination continues and we continue to encourage and make available the vaccine for all staff who have not yet received it.

Winner Regional
Winner Regional Certificate

The main thing that has worked for our organization is that everyone is looking forward to not having to wear a mask every day, all day at work. We are ready to see peoples smiles again!