Extra doses stretching Minnesota COVID-19 vaccine supply
January 6, 2021
More than 84,000 people as of Tuesday morning had received first shots of COVID-19 vaccine in Minnesota, where extra doses in vials have stretched the limited initial supply.
HealthPartners reported squeezing six doses out of almost all five-dose vials of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, meaning that its initial allotment of 10,000 doses by week's end could provide as many as 12,000 shots for doctors, nurses and other providers.
"It's possible we will have a larger number of vaccinations than what our allocation would otherwise be on paper," said Dr. Mark Sannes, who is leading the COVID-19 response for the Bloomington-based health care system. "Our goal is to give all that we get."