Any employer with trained staff who has not yet been contacted by public health, a hospital or a pharmacy should register for vaccinations online by Jan. 25 at stlouiscountymn.gov/vaccineregistration, according to a press release from the county.
This includes non-telecommuting staff from the following employers:
- Host family for adults.
- Outpatient clinics.
- Community residential settings.
- Correctional settings.
- Dental offices.
- Emergency shelters.
- Funeral homes.
- Group homes.
- Home health care.
- Intermediate care facilities.
- Mental and behavioral health parameters.
- Public health clinics.
- Residential care facilities.
- School nurses and EMS staff who did not fall under the first and second priority groups in Phase 1a.
The county is working to register all those eligible for phase 1a for their first dose by the end of January and have them administered to broader 1b categories by February 1. Phase 1b includes essential workers and people aged 65 and over.
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Anyone in a phase 1a priority group will still be able to receive a vaccine at a later date; however, there is less certainty as to when this would be an option due to the continued limited availability of the vaccine.
The Minnesota Department of Health had planned to release details of who will be included in 1b this week, but this was delayed after the federal government on Jan.12 ordered states to vaccinate people aged 65 for phase 1b. Previously, states planned to include 1b people aged 75 and over.
A spokesperson for St. Louis County told the News Tribune that the county had not been told when to expect these guidelines, but planned to receive them in time to begin widely immunizing them. people in this category in February.
In the meantime, the state continues to push the federal government for more vaccines, Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said at a COVID-19 press conference on Thursday.
“We anticipate news in the coming days and weeks from the federal government on what we might expect with more vaccines in the pipeline and potentially more supply from manufacturers of those currently approved,” Malcolm said.
This week, the state announced and launched a new pilot program to begin immunizing school and daycare workers as well as people aged 65 and over. The program includes nine immunization clinics across the state, including those in northeast Minnesota at Mountain Iron.
On Friday January 21, the site will be open to the limited 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 were selected to receive the first vaccines. reserved for educators.
“These sites are really meant to supplement other means of getting vaccinated,” said Malcolm. “It is not intended to replace those other vehicles for getting vaccinated. Most people, frankly, as the supply increases, will get their vaccines from their health care provider or eventually, maybe from a pharmacy. community. “
Malcolm later added: “You may also have heard that the new federal administration, the Biden administration, talks about increased federal support for community vaccination sites, including potentially some that they would manage. So there is still a lot of flow in terms of what this ultimate delivery system looks like.
The state of Minnesota reported Thursday that 166 other residents of northeastern Minnesota had received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. These data are from January 18. St. Louis County recorded 58 and 201 other people in the county completed the two-dose series.
In the Seven County area, nearly 13,400 people had at least one shot and of these, nearly 4,100 completed the streak.