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Seniors surge to Minnesota vaccine registration site

Online registration was swamped, but 5,000 made appointments this week


January 20, 2021

Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune

New Hope Police Chief Tim Hoyt received his COVID-19 Moderna vaccine from nurse Gloria Christensen at a vaccine clinic this month at Wayzata High School in Plymouth.

Minnesotans 65 and older clogged phone lines and crashed a state website Tuesday as they sought to make appointments for a new, limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine at nine test sites.

Online registration launched at noon but was disrupted within an hour as the website was overwhelmed with a peak of 10,000 hits per second. The site closed to new registrants at 2 p.m. in order to serve people stuck in a waiting queue, but in the end connected more than 5,000 people with vaccine appointments this Thursday through Saturday.

Another 4,000 people were on a waitlist for this week's appointments.


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