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Olmsted County recovering from vaccine shipment delay

Mackenzie Davis
Updated: February 25, 2021 07:34 PM
Created: February 25, 2021 05:34 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) - Mayo Clinic, Olmsted Medical Center and Olmsted County Public Health say they are confident they will get back up to speed with COVID-19 vaccinations.

During a briefing Thursday, Mayo Clinic says they have allocated just over 2,000 doses to Rochester this week.

"The more supply and the quicker the supply is, the faster we'll hit that 70%," Dr. Abinash Virk, infectious disease specialist at Mayo Clinic, said. 

Governor Walz says the state will continue to vaccinate those over 65 until they hit about 70% of that population before moving onto the net priority group. The goal is that this will happen by the end of March.

Meanwhile, Olmsted Medical Center is now working on allocating those vaccines that were delayed from the weather last week. The medical provider is continuing to contact individuals this week.

"The weather maybe put a week delay, maybe did cause some cancellations for folks that couldn't come in, but I think we're caught up and going strong now with the allocations that we have," Dr. Randy Hemann, chief medical officer at Olmsted Medical Center, said.

Health officials say they are hopeful the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, once given the green light for distribution, will help bring another source to speed up the process.

"So we are really happy to have another vaccine in the fold so that we can essentially have more options for patients as we go forward," Dr. Virk said.

Olmsted County has almost 50% of its residents 65 and older vaccinated with the first dose.

"We were a little nervous that we might not get that vaccine, but we were able to get that. We will also be taking those first dose clinics that we had last week and we've moved them to this week and the first part of next week," Amy Evans, COVID-19 planning section chief at Olmsted County Public Health, said.

Olmsted County Public Health says they should be caught up next week with the vaccinations.

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