Avera Medical Group O’Neill is partnering with the North Central District Health Department (NCDHD) to administer COVID-19 vaccine to individuals in group 1B which includes people 75 and older, as well as others.

To learn more or sign up, go to the NCDHD online registry at The website also explains how the grouping works and who fits each one.

“We want to remind everyone that Avera Medical Group O'Neill is not creating the list of people who should receive COVID-19 vaccinations,” said Cindy Jakubowski, RN, Avera Medical Group O’Neill Clinic Manager. “We encourage everyone to visit the district health department’s website.”

People are encouraged to use the website, and to avoid calling the health department. Staff from the department will call individuals as they are scheduled for vaccination. Jakubowski said Avera staff are excited to work with NCDHD in the administration and distribution of vaccine in the O’Neill region.

“This step will help bring an end to the pandemic,” Jakubowski added. “We look forward to serving those in our area.”

People who do not have internet access can get help at the O’Neill Chamber of Commerce office. It’s located at 125 S. 4th St. and open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. weekdays. Chamber President and CEO Lauri Havranek has volunteered to help anyone who needs it.

West Holt Medical Services is pleased to announce the completion of Phase 1A of the North Central District Health Department’s (NCDHD) Vaccination plan. We will begin Phase 1B as early as Thursday, Jan. 21 with individuals already scheduled through NCDHD.

WHMS is proud to serve as the vaccination center for western Holt County and other surrounding communities. We look forward to working in conjunction with NCDHD and other local providers to continue expanding the availability of the vaccine within our communities.

To register for a vaccination in phase 1B, individuals should visit the NCDHD website ( and fill out the corresponding survey. NCDHD will contact individuals to schedule vaccinations as doses and appointments become available. If you contacted WHMS about receiving the vaccine prior to the survey being available, WHMS has already registered you with the NCDHD.

People are encouraged to use the website and avoid calling the health department. In addition to registering for the vaccine, the website contains information on the groups included in Phase 1B and how those groups are prioritized within the phase.

For anyone having difficulty registering, assistance is available at the public libraries in Stuart and Atkinson, as well as the Senior Centers in both Atkinson and Boyd County.Phone numbers are listed below.

• Stuart Public Library 


• Atkinson Public Library 


• Atkinson Senior Center 


• Boyd County Senior Center 



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