The Minnesota Department of Health also said Wednesday that 18 more people have died of COVID-19.
Hotlines are staffed by coordinators familiar with the needs and languages of the specific community their organization serves.
Scientists are studying the variant. So far, it’s not clear that the Brazil variant spreads any faster than other variants of the coronavirus.
Currently, the state is relying on providers contacting their own patients and a new lottery system, among other programs. And supply limitations continue to hamper the effort.
Gov. Tim Walz’s administration said data showed some vaccinators were lagging in getting vaccinations administered, including some chain pharmacies under federal contract to administer COVID-19 vaccinations to long-term care facilities.
The state’s seven-day positive case average rate has been declining over the last week, though it remains slightly above a 5-percent threshold that officials consider concerning.
The state has reported 709 deaths in January so far, making it the third deadliest month of the pandemic.
The Minnesota Department of Health also said Thursday that 203,839 Minnesotans had received at least one of two COVID-19 vaccine doses, and 41,984 had received both doses.
And it doesn’t mean that vaccine is just sitting around or going to waste.
The Minnesota Department of Health also reported 1,224 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday.
Minnesota doesn’t have enough doses for everyone yet and, as more doses become available, the state is still establishing its protocol for administering vaccines.
As someone in the highest risk group for COVID-19, I find the state’s response has been inadequate, misguided, and dangerously secretive.
The nine pilot sites will provide COVID-19 vaccinations to Minnesotans who are 65 or older, pre-K through 12th grade school and child care workers.
The most recent data shows that 184,943 Minnesotans have had at least one dose of vaccine, and 35,800 have received two doses.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz called this “the most egregious thing” the federal government has yet done in what he called a botched pandemic response.
Our house highlights an important notion: A collective effort for the greater good is obtainable.
The announcement did not signal the beginning of mass vaccination for Minnesotans in that age group, though, and was limited to extra vaccine doses providers may have on hand.
Minnesotans may have noticed friends and relatives in other states are already getting shots, while eligibility is still limited to a small group of people in the North Star state.
Some experts support giving a single vaccine dose to as many people as possible, while others want to vaccinate according to the protocol used during the clinical trials.
Minnesota’s seven-day positive case average continues to be well above a threshold that health officials say is a concerning sign of disease spread.