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Minnesota joins three other states for vaccine planning

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX47) -- Planning for how to distribute a coronavirus vaccine is underway despite the fact no such vaccine is ready to go just yet.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is looking at Minnesota for some help with that.

"The CDC has invited Minnesota to be part of a pilot group that will be looking at vaccine planning. So, we are one of four states that will serve as leaders in the country," said Minnesota Department of Health Infectious Disease Division Director Kris Ehresmann. "We have actually started planning even though there is not a vaccine that is readily available at this point."

Ehresmann explained why Minnesota was chosen during Monday's MDH media briefing.

"We were selected because of the strength of our immunization program and because of our history of outreach to various communities," Ehresmann said. "That's why the CDC is interested in working with a few key states to begin to think through how we will do this."

Health officials in the four participating states will be provided with broad federal guidance, then make their own more specific plans detailed for each state.

That means prioritization of who should get vaccinated first.

"It won't be a situation in which there will be enough vaccines for everyone right away. It will be a process so people need to be aware that will be the case," Ehresmann said.

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