Minnesota continues working through 65+ Vaccine priority group

Rachel Mills
Created: February 15, 2021 05:25 PM

(ABC 6 News) - The state is still asking for everyone's patience as it tries to get the limited supply of vaccine doses distributed across Minnesota each week. 

Right now in Minnesota, about 35 percent of people in that 65+ priority group have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. In Olmsted County, only 24 percent of those 65+ have received one dose so far. 

The state said it does not know how much longer this priority group will take. It all depends on the supply, which Kris Ehresmann, the Minnesota Department of Health's infectious disease director, said is frustratingly low. The state has not yet released any plans for who comes next. 

Yesterday, the state opened a permanent vaccine site in Rochester at the Mayo Civic Center. It's part of the state's lottery system, and right now, they are still dealing with the 65+ age group.  

Only 1,500 doses were available at the Civic Center this weekend, and they were gone in hours. 

Many 65 and older also applied for doses at local community pharmacies. The Rochester Community Pharmacy has been accepting applicants for two weeks and has had over 1,200 people apply. 

The manager of the pharmacy, Seyi Faseemo, said she has yet to receive any vaccines, and she is not sure when she might get them. Once she does, she will begin calling those who have applied to make vaccination appointments. 

Since vaccinations began in Minnesota, the number of new COVID-19 cases has been decreasing, and is at the lowest level since last summer. Additionally, in the last three weeks, the state said it has doubled the daily number of doses administered. 

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