(Fargo, ND) -- Essentia Health is celebrating a major milestone in the fight against COVID-19.

Tuesday, Essentia will administer its 100,000th vaccine dose.

“We have been presented with many numbers in the past year: cases, tests and, unfortunately, deaths from COVID-19,” said Essentia Health CEO David C. Herman. “This number is different from the others in that it represents protection from COVID-19, and with it the hope that our communities can recover and heal from the difficulties of the previous year. I am very grateful for those who developed the vaccines, and proud of the Essentia Health team whose heroic efforts have administered the vaccine to as many people as possible, as quickly as possible.”

Essentia dispensed its first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in mid-December. Now equipped with vaccine from Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, their pace has accelerated thanks to increased supply. The healthcare providers says it has reached this monumental milestone by setting up ambitious vaccination efforts across Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota, utilizing space inside and outside of facilities throughout the communities served to administer doses quickly and efficiently.

To celebrate the 100,000th dose, Essentia will provide treats to all patients and staff at their vaccination sites later this week.

Essentia is reminding patients and non-patients alike who meet their state’s eligibility criteria can schedule a shot through MyChart, or by calling the toll-free number at (833) 494-0836 to get vaccinated.

Monday, Phase 2 vaccinations (which include everyone 16 and up) were started.