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Minnesota seniors get 24 hours to sign up for vaccine lottery

Minnesota seniors have 24 hours to register for nine sites administering COVID shots


January 26, 2021

Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune

Nurse Darcey McCampbell measured a dose of the Pfizer COVID vaccine for Susan Murr of South St. Paul on Thursday at a test clinic in Brooklyn Center.

Minnesota is switching to a random lottery this week to schedule senior citizens for limited COVID-19 vaccinations - giving them a 24-hour sign-up window rather than a madcap free-for-all.

Gov. Tim Walz on Monday announced that people 65 and older will have a full day, starting at 5 a.m. Tuesday, to preregister for vaccinations and to pick one of nine sites. Those randomly selected will be notified Wednesday of their appointments later this week.

The governor on Monday also challenged providers to administer 90% of first vaccine doses within three days of receiving them, and all of those doses within a week, rather than assigning them to appointments days later in a way that has hurt Minnesota in national comparisons for efficiency.


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