Vaccine planning is changing rapidly and while we do not yet have the COVID-19 Vaccine for phase 1b patients, we have been diligently planning and are ready to administer this once it becomes available. Last week, following federal guidance, MN Governor Walz announced that individuals 65+ should be able to get the vaccine. The announcement is good news as it opens the vaccine up to many more individuals. However, vaccine shortage still exists making it difficult and, in some cases, impossible to make vaccine widely available. Minnesota is receiving about 60,000 doses per week, and there are estimated to be over 2 million Minnesota residents ages 65+. Despite the reports that the federal government has released all held doses, MDH has not seen an increase in allocation.
At this time, Minnesota and our region continue to vaccinate any individuals in Phase 1a. The latest information shows that we are at least 2.5 weeks out from the possibility of receiving vaccines for those individuals who are 65+.
We do not yet know when people in phase 1b and 1c will be able to get the vaccine, however, if you are interested in being vaccinated, please call AAH at 320.289.1580 and ask to be put on our waiting list. Once we are provided the vaccine, we will call you to arrange for your vaccination. Updates will be provided on our website at www.appletonareahealth.org and on our Facebook page @appletonareahealth. Until that time, we strongly encourage you to continue to follow the recommended safety precautions of wearing a mask, washing your hands, and maintaining a distance of 6 feet from others whenever possible.
We appreciate your patience and understanding.