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More than one million vaccinated in the state, weather issues stall additional shipments

Minnesotans have received more than one million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, Governor Tim Walz announced today. The state reported 1,016,210 doses had been administered as of today’s official report. In all, 728,081 Minnesotans had received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 286,543 had completed the two-dose series. The Minnesota Department of Health reported…

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Sanford Health, rural providers, could be included in next COVID-19 relief package

U.S. Senator Tina Smith says rural healthcare providers like Sanford Health could be included in the next COVID-19 relief package, anticipated for a vote next month. According to a release, the bipartisan legislation would waive the Small Business Administration’s affiliation rules for nonprofit hospitals that serve rural areas so they may qualify for Paycheck Protection…

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Vaccine connector tool launched today

The Walz-Flanagan administration launched a new tool today to connect all Minnesotans, regardless of eligibility status, with a COVID-19 vaccine. The tool, available online and over the phone at 833-431-2053, uses a brief survey to submit contact and occupation information. “We still have a frustratingly limited vaccine supply from the federal government, but every Minnesotan…

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Sanford begins vaccinating 65+ patients

Sanford Bemidji patients 65 and older began to receive their COVID-19 vaccine as the health system moves to make the vaccine more available to the public. “We are excited to begin offering the COVID-19 vaccine to the public and take the next step toward ending this pandemic,” said Dr. David Wilcox, chief medical officer and…

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