AUDIO: Dr. Swank discusses vaccine rollout

Dr. Colleen Swank, Sanford Bemidji pediatrician and VP of clinics, discussed the COVID vaccine rollout.

So far, the hospital is still working on the two doses of the Pfizer vaccine for the 1A priority group, which includes health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities.

Dr. Swank also spoke to the vaccine misinformation that is spreading across social media.

Swank also said the vaccine rollout speed is largely dependent on the guidelines the Minnesota Department of Health puts out for health care providers.

Some states are moving ahead to more general populations while Minnesota remains focused on the 1A priority group.

Each type of vaccine, the Pfizer and Moderna, need two doses spread between 3 and 4 weeks apart for full immunity. 

Full interview with Dr. Colleen Swank below:


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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