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Minnesota widens COVID-19 vaccine eligibility

Leftover doses can go to those 65 and older, it says.


January 15, 2021

Glen Stubbe - Star Tribune

Plymouth police Sgt. Heath Bird received the COVID-19 vaccine from nurse Gloria Christensen at a clinic for first responders at Wayzata High School on Jan. 8.

Health care providers and other vaccinators can start giving COVID-19 vaccines to people who are not in the designated high-priority groups, including those 65 and older, but the shots will still not be widely available for now.

State health officials said Thursday that the new guidance applies only to sites that have some leftover doses after completing vaccinations of front-line health care and other high-priority workers.

"It is really more to give the providers flexibility with what little extra doses they have right now," Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said. "Today's announcement is designed simply to remove barriers."


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