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Minnesota unveils online COVID-19 vaccine tool, reopens lottery for seniors


February 19, 2021

Glen Stubbe • Star Tribune

Ron Tupy of Apple Valley received a shot of COVID-19 vaccine from nurse Darcey McCampbell recently at a test clinic in Brooklyn Center.

Minnesota debuted an online COVID-19 Vaccine Connector on Thursday that will notify all residents when they are eligible for shots and give senior citizens immediate access to a lottery for appointments at state-operated sites.

While initial doses are reserved for 1.5 million seniors, health care workers, educators and long-term care residents, Gov. Tim Walz said the tool at least gives people confidence that they will know when it is their turn to get the vaccine. Registrants provide their birth date and contacts, but also can opt to enter demographic and employment information, which can be used later on to determine their vaccine eligibility.

"We still have a frustratingly limited vaccine supply from the federal government, but every Minnesotan should know their chance to get a vaccine will come," Walz said.


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