Minnesota tempers expectations for expanded COVID-19 vaccine rollout
January 13, 2021
State health officials warned Tuesday that a revised federal plan to prioritize initial COVID-19 vaccine for senior citizens could backfire if more doses don't accompany this massive expansion.
While agreeing with the spirit of the Trump administration's announcement Tuesday to offer vaccinations to those most vulnerable to COVID-19, state infectious disease director Kris Ehresmann said that would create a mismatch between the 60,000 new doses arriving in Minnesota each week right now and its 890,000 senior citizens. Prioritizing all adults with underlying health conditions would put another million people at the front of the line.
"We're all of a sudden, with this announcement, potentially adding a couple million people who will expect to be vaccinated," she said. "And if we are only getting 60,000 doses a week, that is going to be a real problem."