Chief Executive Officer
United Family Medicine
Updated 1/28/21: Per Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines, we are only able to provide COVID-19 vaccines for current patients who have a relationship with a United Family Medicine provider. If you have not had a prior appointment with United Family Medicine, we encourage you to connect with your primary care clinic to inquire about the status of their vaccine supply. You may also visit the MDH website for vaccine information in your area. At this time we are unable to schedule your appointment or add you to our wait list. As guidelines change we will post further updates here.
Dear Patients and Community Partners,
On Friday, January 15, 2021 the Minnesota Department of Health notified United Family Medicine (UFM) that we would become a COVID-19 pilot vaccine site for the state of Minnesota. The state’s criteria was that UFM distribute the vaccine to patients ages 65 and older. UFM mobilized that same day. Within 24 hours of notifying our current patients of the vaccine the following Monday, we scheduled more than 500 appointments. While it was initially difficult for patients to get through on the phones following the announcement, we were able to reallocate nurses, community health workers, and schedulers to safely and efficiently arrange to vaccinate as many as 200 patients a day last week, the most of any community clinic in the state. The majority of these patients live in the West 7th community. As a result of this successful effort, UFM will soon receive an additional 600 vaccines for the community, with more to come.
However, it is important to note that vaccine access continues to be severely limited in the state of Minnesota and across the country. The shortage of supplies is causing stress for many. In fact, former UFM patients who had recently changed to a different clinic practice (no longer being cared for at UFM) have sought to receive the vaccine through our clinic. We are heartbroken but are advocating daily for resolution. Once the state’s criteria expands to the general public and vaccine supplies become more available, we look forward to coordinating and supporting community wide vaccination efforts.
We believe that everyone who wants to be vaccinated deserves access to this life-saving resource. We will always advocate for the broader community and local neighborhoods that we serve in St. Paul. We appreciate your patience and we thank everyone who has written a note of gratitude for receiving the vaccine so far!
In the meantime, we are here to serve you. We will continue to follow the Minnesota Department of Health’s criteria that govern vaccinating the public, and we expect this criteria will expand as more vaccines become available in the coming months. If you have specific concerns about patient care or vaccine eligibility or would like to be placed on the United Family Medicine vaccine waitlist, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 651-241-1000.
About United Family Medicine
United Family Medicine, a federally qualified health center in St. Paul, Minnesota, provides high quality primary care, dental services and behavioral health services to all persons regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. As a community health center, we operate as a patient-focused team to support health and well-being, connecting patients with helpful resources for housing, jobs, transportation and more. Mission statement: Excellence in delivering healthcare for all; training the providers of tomorrow. Vision statement: A healthy, vibrant and thriving community. More information is available at https://unitedfamilymedicine.org/.