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MDH expands COVID-19 vaccination eligibility to include people 65 and older

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX47) — Minnesota health officials have announced expanded guidelines for who can receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the state during the current phase of vaccine rollout.

At a news briefing on Thursday, Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said the Department is now telling its vaccination partners, such as hospitals and health care systems, that they can provide doses of the vaccine to broader groups of people, including Minnesotans who are 65 years old and older. This is an update from previous guidance, which solely focused on frontline health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities.

Malcolm said the update comes after significant changes to the federal guidance on vaccine distribution earlier in the week.

“Today’s announcement is designed simply to remove barriers to health care providers and other vaccination partners who have available doses to be able to use those doses as quickly as possible,” Malcolm said.

She added that some providers have told MDH as they make progress on getting through the early stages of vaccine rollout, they would like more flexibility to use the additional doses they have on other populations.

According to the state’s COVID-19 vaccine dashboard on Thursday, 153,332 people have received at least one vaccine dose in Minnesota. This includes 15,082 people who have completed the two-dose vaccine series.

Nicole Valinote

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