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…


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…


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…


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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