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Type 1 diabetes, rare diseases added to Minnesota COVID-19 vaccine priority groups


Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune

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

People with Type 1 diabetes and some high-risk rare medical conditions, such as ALS and cystic fibrosis, were added to the state's next phase of COVID-19 vaccine priority groups by health officials Tuesday.

Those diseases were not initially included when the qualifying medical conditions were announced last Thursday. Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said the changes were made to align the state with federal guidance.

The state also added workers in the court system and some public health jobs that were not included in earlier phases as it published seven pages of detailed guidance on who qualifies for COVID-19 shots after the 70% of those 65 and older are vaccinated by the end of the month.


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