Extra doses stretching Minnesota COVID-19 vaccine supply

 

January 6, 2021

Alex Kormann - Star Tribune

ICU nurse Sam Moder, left, received the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth last month from Sherry Johnson, a nurse practitioner.

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."

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