Minnesotans have a growing number of opportunities to get vaccinated against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
The state Department of Health is now offering online sign ups for appointments at community-based clinics, including at the Mall of America in Bloomington, the State Fairgrounds in Falcon Heights and Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul. Other providers are also offering same-day vaccination appointments and even walk-ins.
Gov. Tim Walz and Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm plan to tour a mobile vaccination site, a converted Metro Transit bus, on Tuesday afternoon that will be used to reach underserved communities.
More information about vaccine availability can be found at mn.gov/vaccineconnector or by calling 1-833-431-2053.
So far, more than 4 million vaccine doses have been administered. About 41 percent of the eligible population, ages 16 and up, are fully vaccinated and 56 percent have had at least one dose.
The growing availability of vaccines shows how state leaders efforts to reach so-called herd immunity are changing. Roughly 80 percent of the state’s 5.7 million residents need to some type of immunity, either from vaccine or prior infection, to control the spread of the coronavirus.
Early on, vaccine demand overwhelmingly outstripped supply. Now, health officials are trying to vaccinate as many people as quickly as possible.
That’s because more contagious variants of the coronavirus continue to spread in the state. About 60 percent of new infections are caused by a strain first identified in the United Kingdom.
Additionally, nearly 43 percent of new cases are caused by community transmission, when there is no direct link between a new case and a previously-known infection.
Minnesota recorded 12 more COVID-19 deaths Tuesday and 1,088 new infections. The latest deaths include a Marshall first-grader whose death was first reported Monday.
The death toll is now 7,091 with 11 of the latest fatalities residing in private homes and one in long-term care.
Hospitalizations ticked up to 641 patients including 184 in critical condition after trending downward for since last week. The current seven-day rolling average for test positivity remains just below the 5 percent caution threshold.
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Author: Christopher Magan