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Hutchinson Health now scheduling COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 12 to 15

HUTCHINSON – Hutchinson Health is now offering appointments for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to children 12 to 15 years old. Originally authorized for patients ages 16 and older, this expanded appointment eligibility reflects the latest recommendations made by a committee of leading, independent medical experts.

“The FDA has authorized and the CDC has recommended immunizing children ages 12 and older with the COVID-19 vaccine,” Pediatrician Erin Knudtson said. “Children can become significantly ill from this infection. We have a safe and effective vaccine that can prevent this and protect them during this pandemic. Please consider vaccinating your child when they are eligible. We will be vaccinating ours,”

Safety data; myths and misconceptions

In a clinical trial of more than 2,000 children 12 to 15 years-old, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was shown to be safe and prompted a strong immune response. None of the kids who received the vaccine contracted symptomatic COVID-19. However, 18 kids who received the placebo contracted symptomatic COVID-19. Side effects resembled those seen in adults, with a slightly higher rate of low-grade fever among the younger participants.


HealthPartners and Hutchinson Health experts are reminding parents and kids that this vaccine works the same way in younger people as it does in adults. There are no additional risks, extra hazards or unusual side effects. The vaccine was extensively tested before its use was authorized by public health officials.


What’s more, the vaccine doesn’t cause infertility or cause COVID-19, which are common yet misguided concerns.


The data that we have on this vaccine is really encouraging – it’s safe, effective and will help us resume more normal lives,” Dr. Singh said. “I’m not going to hesitate. I’m going to protect my children with this vaccine, and I hope other parents do the same.”


How to schedule an appointment for 12 to 15 years-olds

Patients 13 through 17 years-old can call 320-234-3290 to be scheduled for a vaccine appointment. In addition, parents or guardians who have proxy access to their teenager’s medical record can schedule an appointment online on their behalf or by calling our clinic. For 12 year old patients, a parent or guardian must schedule the appointment. This can be done online or by calling any of the Hutchinson Health clinics. Visit for the most up-to-date vaccine information.

FUNERAL NOTICE – Sonja Johnson, 64, Lester Prairie

Sonja Marie Johnson, 64, of Lester Prairie, Minnesota passed away in her home on May 7, 2021 surrounded by her dog, Libby, and loved ones at her side.
A Celebration of Life Party will take place in her honor Sunday, May 16 at 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Howard Lake, located at 719 9th Street in Howard Lake. Refreshments and masks will be available for those in attendance. Anyone who knew Sonja is welcome to attend.
Final arrangements are provided by The University of Minnesota Anatomy Bequest Program, as Sonja chose to continue her teaching legacy after death by donating her body to science, to be used to teach future generations of doctors and healthcare professionals.

FUNERAL NOTICE – Donald Lange, 72, of Watertown

Donald Walter Lange “Donny,”  72, of Watertown, passed away peacefully Saturday, May 8, 2021.

A memorial service will take place Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 2 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown. A gathering of family and friends will take place in the church from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. prior to the service. Private inurnment will be in the church cemetery following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
Arrangements made by Iten’s Watertown Funeral Home.

FUNERAL NOTICE – Arlene M. Gehlen, 93, of Glencoe

Arlene Marjorie (Tupa) Gehlen, 93, of Glencoe, Minnesota, passed away Saturday, May 8, 2021, at Glencoe Regional Health.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Arlene will take place Friday, May 14, 2021, at 11 a.m. at Church of St. Pius X in Glencoe, Minnesota, with interment following at the Glencoe Catholic Cemetery.  A gathering of family and friends will take place Friday, May 14, 2021, from 10 to -10:45 a.m. at the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe.
Arrangements by the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel. Online obituaries and guest book available at

FUNERAL NOTICE – Benedict Lewandowski, 89, fmr. Lester Prairie

Benedict “Ben” Thomas Lewandowski, age 89, of Glencoe and formerly of Lester Prairie, passed away  Thursday, May 6, 2021, at The Glenfield’s Nursing in Glencoe, Minnesota.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Benedict “Ben” Lewandowski will take place Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake.   Father John Hayes will be the Celebrant.  Inurnment with military rites will follow at Holy Family Cemetery in Silver Lake.

A time of gathering will take place Thursday, May 13 from 9 -10:30 a.m. at The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake.

FUNERAL NOTICE – Lorraine Schaust, 92, of Delano

Lorraine Catherine Schaust, 92, of Delano passed away Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at Good Samaritan in Waconia.
Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at St. Maximilian Kolbe
Catholic Church, St. Peter’s Campus in Delano, Minnesota. Visitation will take place from 4 to 8 p.m.
Monday at the Iten Funeral Home in Delano. Visitation will continue Tuesday from 9:30
to 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home, prior to leaving for Mass. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery in
Delano, Minnesota.
Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano, Minnesota.