Minnesota health officials work to distribute delayed vaccine shipments

Rachel Mills
Updated: February 22, 2021 06:10 PM
Created: February 22, 2021 04:56 PM

(ABC 6 News)-- The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) said Monday that any vaccine shipments delayed last week will be arriving by mid-week this week. 

Many of the mass vaccination appointments that were postponed, including the ones in Rochester, are already rescheduled.

"We're seeing a return to normal on that front, and we hope to see a return to normal operations and scheduling in the next week or so," Kris Ehresmann, MDH director of infectious disease, said. 

The delays will likely affect shipping this week, as well, according to Ehresmann. 

"The doses that were earmarked to arrive this week will all come in their entirety just a little bit later than usual as the shippers are processing the week before and then getting to this week," Ehresmann said.  

State health officials also claimed no doses were misplaced in this process - just delayed.

Olmsted County Public Health said it has plans to reschedule the vaccine clinic canceled last Wednesday, but it does not yet have a date.

The county said those with canceled appointments will be notified of their new appointment date as soon as the vaccines arrive. 

The state vaccine clinic at Mayo Civic Center in Rochester is set for Sunday, and the doses will be used to vaccinate those whose appointments were canceled last Sunday. 

"The people from last weekend will be rescheduled this weekend, and I also think they want to expand it somewhat to try to get more people through," Rochester Mayor Kim Norton said.  

Mayor Kim Norton said the state is planning on using this week's and last weeks' doses to get as many people through the Civic Center as possible. 

"If you're still waiting for an appointment and you're in the queue, be patient. They will get to you. You know, we can't help when a snowstorm hits and delivery gets delayed," Mayor Norton said.  

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