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Minnesota falling behind in equitable allocation of COVID-19 vaccine

Recent shift in priority groups has delayed shots for those at highest risk, critics say


February 11, 2021

Nurse Linda Nordquist administered a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to LeAnn Schuerman, 78, of Brooklyn Park, Feb. 2 at the Minnetonka Medical Center. ] AARON LAVINSKY •

Minnesota has strayed from its commitment to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to communities that are among the highest risk for severe disease and death, according to three members of the state's vaccine allocation advisory panel.

They are joined by 350 clinicians, researchers and organizations that sent a letter to state officials this week raising concerns that the state has not prioritized vaccines for Black, Indigenous, Hispanic and Asian Minnesotans.

Minnesota's racial and ethnic minorities are dying at rates two to four times higher than the white population, according to data compiled by the Minnesota Department of Health. For hospitalizations, rates are three to five times higher.


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