St. Louis County now scheduling third vaccine group
Any employer with qualified staff who has not yet been contacted by public health, a hospital or a pharmacy should register for vaccinations online at stlouiscountymn.gov/vaccineregistration by January 25, according to a press release from the district.
This includes employees who do not telework with the following employers:
- Care for adults.
- Outpatient clinics.
- Community living environment.
- Correction settings.
- Dental offices.
- Emergency shelters.
- Funeral home.
- Group houses.
- Home health care.
- Intermediate care facilities.
- Mental and behavioral health attitudes.
- Public health clinics.
- Care facilities.
- School nurses and rescue workers who do not fall under the first and second priority groups of phase 1a.
The district aims to register all persons eligible in phase 1a for their first dose by the end of January and to administer them in broader categories of 1b by February 1. Phase 1b includes key employees and people aged 65 and over.
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Anyone in a Phase 1a priority group can receive a vaccine at a later date. However, there is less certainty when this would be an option due to the continued limited availability of the vaccine.
The Minnesota Department of Health had planned to release the details of who will be inducted into 1b this week. However, this was delayed after the federal government ordered states on Jan. 12 to vaccinate people aged 65 and over during Phase 1b. Previously, states planned that 1b should include people aged 75 and over.
A St. Louis County spokesman told the News Tribune that the county had not been told when to expect these guidelines, but that it was expected to receive them in time for general vaccination of people in this category in February start.
In the meantime, the state continues to urge the federal government for more vaccines, Minnesota Department of Health commissioner Jan Malcolm said at a COVID-19 press conference Thursday.
“We expect news from the federal government in the coming days and weeks about what to expect with more vaccines in the pipeline and potentially more supply from manufacturers of the currently approved vaccines,” said Malcolm.
This week the state announced and launched a new pilot program to begin vaccinating school and child carers, as well as those aged 65 and over. The program consists of nine vaccination clinics across the state, including Northeastern Minnesota in Mountain Iron.
On Friday, January 21, the website will open to the selected number of people aged 65 and over who were able to secure one of the 260 appointments, as well as approximately 300 school employees from across the region who have been selected to receive the first vaccines for Put educators aside.
“These sites are really meant to complement the other vaccination options,” said Malcolm. “It is not intended to replace these other vaccination vehicles. Most people, quite frankly, will get their pictures from their health care provider, or possibly a community pharmacy, when the supply expands.”
Malcolm later added, “You may also have heard that the new federal administration, the Biden administration, is talking about more federal support to community vaccination centers, possibly some of them who would run them. What is this ultimate delivery system like?”
The state of Minnesota reported Thursday that an additional 166 residents of northeast Minnesota have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. This data is from January 18th. 58 of them have been registered in St. Louis County and an additional 201 people in the county have completed the two-dose series.
In the seven-county region, nearly 13,400 people had at least one shot, of which nearly 4,100 completed the series.