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Minnesota senior test clinics expand vaccine access


January 22, 2021

Glen Stubbe - Star Tribune

Ramping up vaccinations: People with appointments waited for their entry times Thursday at a vaccination site in Brooklyn Center, one of nine test clinics across Minnesota that is providing limited vaccine access to people 65 and older.

Sue Murr felt grateful Thursday to be one of the first recipients of COVID-19 vaccine via a new state option for people 65 and older - and for a daughter who stuck with the state's overwhelmed website to book the appointment.

"It would not have happened without my daughter," said Murr, 69. "She tried on the website, it crashed. She went to her phone and she had to reboot or something three times. On the third time, she got a confirmation."

Tens of thousands tried on Tuesday, but only around 6,000 Minnesotans 65 and older received appointments this week for COVID-19 vaccine at nine state sites. Even with appointments, people stood in long lines that stretched into the cold and windy outdoors at the Brooklyn Center site on Thursday. Many grumbled on the way in, and smiled on the way out.


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