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Minnesota makes progress in closing gap on COVID-19 vaccine disparities



Jessica Vang received her 2nd vaccine at the mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic in St. Paul serving the Asian Pacific Islander at the HmongTown Marketplace.

Minnesota is showing some early signs of success in its effort to address COVID-19 vaccine inequities by targeting the most vulnerable communities for shots.

The number of people receiving a first COVID-19 vaccine dose has increased 6.3% since state health officials announced in early May that they would allocate 40% of first doses to geographic areas that are home to racial minorities, the unemployed, people with disabilities, non-English speakers and others facing barriers to health care.

That's slightly better than in areas that are the least vulnerable, where first doses increased 5.8%, according to a Star Tribune analysis of state data.


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