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Kandiyohi County to hold its first COVID-19 vaccination clinic Monday in Willmar

COVID-19 vaccines are arriving in west central Minnesota. Kandiyohi County will begin vaccinating emergency medical personnel, first responders and public health vaccination clinic staff Monday afternoon.

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WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County Public Health will hold its first COVID-19 vaccination clinic Monday afternoon, an invitation-only event for emergency medical service personnel, first responders and public health vaccination clinic staff.

The drive-through clinic is not open to the general public.

According to a news release, the county received a limited supply of Moderna vaccine Thursday.

The state expects to distribute nearly 95,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine to public health agencies and directly to providers around the state to vaccinate residents and workers in long-term care facilities. Moderna vaccine is easier to transport because it doesn't require the ultracold storage that the Pfizer vaccine, the only other vaccine being distributed at this time.

The Minnesota Health Department estimates about 3,000 health care workers were vaccinated in the past week.

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Carris Health had planned to begin vaccinating health care workers Wednesday, but that was put off because of a blizzard in Minnesota. These vaccinations will be rescheduled in the coming week.

The initial supply of vaccine in the United States is limited. Frontline healthcare workers and long-term care residents are receiving it as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The vaccines are not yet available to the general public. To read Minnesota’s Planning and Guidance for Providing and Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine go to www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/vaccine/phase1aguide.pdf.

For additional information about the COVID-19 vaccine and plans that are underway in Minnesota, visit MDH’s COVID-19 Vaccine website at https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/vaccine.html.

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