Nobles County began COVID vaccinations for Emergency Medical Services personnel, public health and other COVID vaccinators and testers last week. Sanford and Avera sites in Worthington also began the process of vaccinating their staff.
In the plan roll out from the MN Department of Health, the first to receive the vaccine are healthcare workers, nursing homes (staff and residents) and EMS personnel. It is likely it will take a few more weeks to get everyone in these settings vaccinated and some will receive their vaccinations through a partnership with a local pharmacy.
After that, vaccinations are to occur for other medical professionals such as dentists, chiropractors, etc. as well as group homes and other congregate living setting staff and residents.
Following that it is currently recommended that people age 75 and over are vaccinated next, followed by persons aged 65-74 and those between the ages of 16 and 64 who have underlying health conditions.
We do not currently have a list for the public to make appointments, but planning is underway.
Minnesota is following federal recommendations to start vaccine distribution with the people who are most likely to get COVID-19 and those most at risk of serious complications. Minnesotans may provide feedback about how to implement the guidelines in Minnesota through the MDH website: Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Advisory Group.
We plan to share updated information in various ways throughout the community as it becomes available and will communicate frequently when we move into the next phase of vaccinations.
For more information, visit the MDH COVID-19 Vaccine website at https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/vaccine.html. You can also visit http://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/index.jsp for the latest information