COMMITTED TO COMPASSIONATE AND EXCEPTIONAL HEALTH CARE
Murray County Medical Center is working hard to ensure all members of its communities remain safe during the pandemic. We have a variety of safety protocols in place at our facility, and are working diligently to vaccinate and care for those affected by the virus.
COVID Testing is only available M-F 10:00am-11:00am, and is by appointment only.
SHOULD I GET VACCINATED?
I am currently sick with COVID-19:
No. People with COVID-19 who have symptoms should wait to be vaccinated until they have recovered from their illness and have met the criteria for discontinuing isolation; those without symptoms should also wait until they meet the criteria before getting vaccinated. This guidance also applies to people who get COVID-19 before getting their second dose of vaccine. Related pages:
I have already had COVID-19 and recovered:
Yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible—although rare—that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again.
If you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
Experts are still learning more about how long vaccines protect against COVID-19 in real-world conditions. CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.
I have an underlying condition:
People with underlying medical conditions can receive a COVID-19 vaccine as long as they have not had an immediate or severe allergic reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine or to any of the ingredients in the vaccine. Learn more about vaccination considerations for people with underlying medical conditions. Vaccination is an important consideration for adults of any age with certain underlying medical conditions because they are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
I am pregnant:
Yes, if you are pregnant, you might choose to be vaccinated. Based on how COVID-19 vaccines work, experts think they are unlikely to pose a specific risk for people who are pregnant. However, there are currently limited data on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in pregnant people because these vaccines have not been widely studied in pregnant people. Systems are in place to continue to monitor vaccine safety, and so far, they have not identified any specific safety concerns for pregnant people. Clinical trials to evaluate the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines in pregnant people are underway or planned.
AM I ELIGIBLE TO GET VACCINATED? WHAT ABOUT MONOCLONALS?
All Minnesotans 5 years of age and older are now eligible to receive a vaccine. The State of Minnesota has directed providers to prioritize vaccine appointments for people most at risk of getting COVID-19, or those who could develop severe illness if infected (ie: those with underlying health conditions and essential workers).
We encourage individuals interested in getting vaccinated to please call Murray County Medical Center Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm at 507-836-6111 to get added to our waitlist. We offer vaccine clinics weekly on Tuesdays and Wednesdays by age group.
Monoclonal medications for those that test positive for COVID-19 have undergone changes in eligibility requirements. These changes are due to limited quantities of monoclonal medications available that are effective against the newer variants of COVID-19.
Individuals can check their eligibility to receive a monoclonal at: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/mnrappeople.html
We highly encourage all individuals that are able to be vaccinated to do so, as it is the most safe and effective form of COVID-19 prevention and protection.
WHICH VACCINE IS RIGHT FOR ME?
You should get any COVID-19 vaccine that is available when you are eligible. Do not wait for a specific brand. All currently authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and CDC does not recommend one vaccine over another.
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is a two-shot vaccine recommended for people aged 16 years and older. Each dose is taken 21 days apart.
The Moderna vaccine is a two-shot vaccine recommended for people aged 18 years and older. Each dose is taken 28 days apart.
The J&J/Janssen vaccine is a one shot vaccine recommended for people aged 18 years and older.
After getting vaccinated, you might have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects could affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.
In the arm where you got the shot:
Throughout the rest of your body:
I'M VACCINATED NOW WHAT?
How long does my protection from a COVID-19 vaccine last?
We don’t know how long protection lasts for those who are vaccinated. What we do know is that COVID-19 has caused very serious illness and death for a lot of people. If you get COVID-19, you also risk giving it to loved ones who may get very sick. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is a safer choice.
Experts are working to learn more about both natural immunity and vaccine-induced immunity. CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.
Do I need to wear a mask and avoid close contact with others if I have gotten 2 doses?
It depends. For now, fully vaccinated people can gather indoors without physical distancing or wearing masks with:
Other people who are fully vaccinated
Unvaccinated people from one other household, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19
Until more is known, fully vaccinated people should continue to wear masks and stay 6 feet apart from other people in other settings, like when they are in public or visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households.
COVID-19 VACCINE INGREDIENTS
Vaccine ingredients can vary by manufacturer. To learn more about the ingredients in authorized COVID-19 vaccines, see:
We continue to hold vaccination clinics as we receive doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Currently vaccine clinics and booster doses are available every Wednesday for those 12+ and Tuesdays for those ages 5-11.
Anyone interested in receiving the vaccine or booster dose can call 507-836-6111 Monday through Friday 8am-5pm or fill out the form below.
We offer drive-up COVID testing BY APPOINTMENT ONLY Monday-Friday 10:00am-11:00am. Please pull into the designated parking spaces by GuidePoint Pharmacy to receive your test. Call (507) 836-6111 for an appointment.
FREE At-Home test kits can be ordered online HERE
COVID PROCEDURES AT MCMC
Current COVID-19 policy and procedure at MCMC Hospital and Clinic:
front door triage with COVID related questions
all patients to enter the facility wearing a mask (if you have your own please wear it in).
Main: (507) 836-6111
Clinic: (507) 836-6153
Front Entry Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM
REMINDER: if you are experiencing symptoms/concerns regarding COVID-19 please call ahead to your primary provider for recommendation.
***Drive-up COVID testing accessed on the north side of the hospital and is by appointment. Please do not enter through the front entrance if you are getting tested.