Essentia Health will provide a COVID-19 virtual vaccine update during an hourlong webinar at noon Friday for people within the communities served by the health system.

The live webinar will be hosted on Zoom. Anyone is welcome to attend at tinyurl.com/EssentiaCOVIDUpdate.

Essentia health providers will discuss the current status of vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna; the prevalence of COVID-19 across the region; current trends and new variants; the vaccine-distribution process; how to register for your vaccine; and the safety and effectiveness of these vaccines.

The webinar will feature presentations from Dr. Peter Henry, chief medical officer; Dr. Amanda Noska, infectious disease physician; Dr. Richard Vetter, chief medical officer for Essentia’s West Market; Dr. Sarah Manney, chief medical information officer; and Roseann Hines, senior operations manager – medication use management.

The second half of the webinar be a question-and-answer session open to the public. The Zoom broadcast will be recorded and posted to Essentia's Facebook and YouTube pages after the session ends.