Jan 28, 2021 - News
The mad dash for COVID vaccines among Minnesota seniors
Data: Minnesota Department of Health; Chart: Michelle McGhee/Axios

Minnesota's system for scheduling COVID-19 vaccination appointments for citizens 65 and older again saw extraordinary demand this week.

By the numbers: More than 226,000 seniors entered the lottery for one of just 9,425 doses available at state pilot sites this week, MDH told Axios.

What's next: Seniors who got an appointment should have been notified yesterday.

1 hopeful thing: The federal government has committed to increasing Minnesota's shipments by about 10,000 shots a week. That development, plus a plan to re-allocate extra supply from large pharmacies, should lead to more appointments soon, Gov. Tim Walz told Axios.

  • But patience is still required: Demand will continue to dwarf supply for the weeks ahead.

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