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Minnesota cuts vaccine sites, adds doses for seniors


February 1, 2021

Anthony Souffle, Star Tribune

Gov. Tim Walz, right, talked with Jevetta Steele who was checking in people with COVID-19 vaccine appointments on Thursday at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center.

Mass state COVID-19 vaccination events will be scaled back in Minnesota this week in order to give more doses to medical providers who can reach out to more of their patients.

Exact details will be announced Monday, but Minnesota will be scaling back, at least temporarily, from the nine vaccine pilot sites it offered in each of the last two weeks. Two permanent community vaccination sites will open instead in Minneapolis and Duluth this week, and a third will open in southern Minnesota next week with more to follow.

The distribution plan this week will result in "significantly more vaccine specifically allocated for Minnesotans age 65+ than any previous week," a state health official said in an e-mail Sunday. The new strategy will include an online locator map to help people find local providers administering the vaccine.


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