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Many Minnesota seniors confused, frustrated in pursuit of COVID-19 vaccine


February 26, 2021

DAVID JOLES • Star Tribune

Carrie Lampert of Cambridge, Minn., who had a heart transplant in 1993 and kidney cancer, said it's practically been a full-time job trying to set up vaccinations for herself and her husband, John.

As a 69-year-old who has had a heart transplant and kidney cancer, Carrie Lampert figured it wouldn't take long to line up a COVID-19 vaccination.

Instead, she waited for weeks as she bird-dogged e-mails and state, pharmacy and health care websites in hopes of scoring an appointment for a shot. "It's really been a full-time job," Lampert said of her daily searches navigating the websites. "The rules constantly change."

Late last week, Lampert finally got lucky, securing an appointment for vaccine Friday at the Minneapolis Convention Center. But for thousands of seniors across the state, many with serious health issues, the confusing and often intimidating search and scramble to line up vaccine continues, triggering great angst and much frustration.


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