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Minnesota prepares for any shift in COVID-19 vaccine demand



Matt Brenner, a temporary nurse with the Minneapolis VA, administered a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to Pamela George, 34, of Rogers, an Air Force veteran.

COVID-19 vaccine has been a hot commodity in Minnesota, where more than 3 million shots have been given, but health officials are preparing for any decline in demand that could upset the state's drive to vaccinate 80% of eligible residents.

Campaigns to motivate key demographic groups could be expanded to increase the number of shots given in the pandemic that has caused 6,922 deaths and 535,182 diagnosed infections in Minnesota.

State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said Minnesota's distribution strategy has shifted a bit to earmark more doses for areas that have been underserved or are seeing rising COVID-19 rates, but that the state is "a ways away" from supply exceeding demand.


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