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First shipment of COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Minnesota


December 15, 2020

Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune

FedEx driver Seth Warnecke delivered a box containing doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to the Minneapolis VA Hospital on Monday as VA director Patrick Kelly and Gov. Tim Walz observed.

The first vaccinations in Minnesota with the first COVID-19 vaccine are scheduled to start Tuesday at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center and next week at hospitals and clinics statewide.

Thousands of doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine started arriving this week in Minnesota, with the VA hospital being the first recipient of 2,925 doses on Monday along with Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, Olmsted Medical Center in Rochester and the Cass Lake Indian Health Service.

"This is the day we've all been waiting for," said Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, who was at the Minneapolis VA Monday morning to see the arrival of the first vaccine shipment.


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