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Minnesota health officials try to expand access to COVID-19 vaccine

Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccination Providers Can Offer Doses to Other Priority Groups MDH Says Click to Enlarge
Patty Aguilar | 16 January, 2021, 00:38

The Minnesota Department of Health told hospitals, health care systems and other vaccination providers Thursday that they can now provide coronavirus shots to a broader group of the population, including Minnesotans 65 and older. The move will essentially allow licensed health care providers to administer the remaining doses of the vaccine to people in Minnesota covered by the change in guidelines.

"Today's (Thurs) announcement and guidance to vaccine partners are simply to make sure that they nothing hold them back from immediately using any and all vaccine they have available".

But tight supplies are still limiting the expansion of eligibility for the vaccines.

The state's priority has been to vaccinate the frontline healthcare workers, but some health care providers have extra vaccines that can be used for the next priority group. On Thursday, approximately 169,416 doses were ...

"This vaccine rollout will vary across the state", Moritz said. "We have been working to get ready, and we are ready, to get more vaccines out very quickly, but now we really need for the federal government to step up".

The State Health Department says information on the next faces of the vaccine rollout will be announced in coming days.

Health officials report the state's total cases at 443,562 since the pandemic began. Osterholm, a member of President-elect Joe Biden's COVID-19 advisory committee, said that means there's a race to get the vaccine out. Businesses that employ those people are being asked to fill out an online form that will help officials plan for their vaccinations.

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