Minnesota's vaccine math: 500k high-priority recipients, 183K doses
December 10, 2020
ROCHESTER, Minn. — State health officials on Wednesday, Dec. 9, expanded on their adoption of an ethical distribution framework for COVID-19 vaccines.
Among its curiosities, for now, the distribution plan appears to prioritize a healthy, young city waterworks employee for vaccination before an aging heart patient who lives in their own home.
The state is following vaccine distribution ethical guidance developed by the National Academy of Sciences and then the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As outlined, Minnesota has a strategy that distributes vaccines in three phases, from the vulnerable (1), to the healthy (2), to a maintenance program (3).