Minnesota bets big on State Fairgrounds in push to inoculate hard-hit communities
May 3, 2021
It was the text message that Michael Elder, a stay-at-home father of five, had been waiting months for - and it had the potential to save his life. A shot of the COVID-19 vaccine was available for him. All he needed to do was get to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in Falcon Heights.
Before dawn on Wednesday, Elder woke and readied his children, ages 1 to 13, for school and day care before loading his backpack with water and asthma medication for his journey to the vaccine site.
And then, as the sun rose over his home in St. Paul's Dayton's Bluff neighborhood, Elder dropped to his knees on his front porch and prayed. "I thanked God for the vaccine and all his loving mercy," said Elder, 35. "I asked him to pray over me on my journey and to protect all [God's] children from the coronavirus."