AUDIO: Sanford Health’s Dr. David Wilcox discusses vaccination rate, COVID variants

Dr. David Wilcox, chief medical officer for Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota, discussed the COVID variants, particularly the Delta variant, making its way through national news headlines.

Wilcox said the COVID-19 variants are a byproduct of the virus’s reproduction, with some variants becoming more effective at spreading and infecting people.

For those who are still not vaccinated against COVID-19, Dr. Wilcox said there is a one in 300 chance of contracting a life-threatening case of COVID-19, while chances of developing a rare side effect from a vaccine are about one in 200,000.

COVID-19 vaccines are available at area pharmacies and through health care providers.

Listen to the full interview with Dr. Wilcox 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 son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.

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