Vaccine Distribution Continues to Make Good Progress
Ada, MN — Norman-Mahnomen Public Health and Essentia Health-Ada continue to make great progress getting the COVID-19 vaccine out to those who need it most. Front line health care workers and those in long-term care have all now had the opportunity to get at least the first dose of the vaccine and now the priority is moving on to those who are age 65 and up. Norman-Mahnomen Public Health Director Sarah Kjono says if you are in that age group, make sure to get on the waiting list with either Public Health, your healthcare provider, or your pharmacy if they are offering the vaccine.
Those giving out vaccines are required to distribute 90% of them within 72 hours, which both Essentia Health-Ada and Norman-Mahnomen Public Health have been able to do. Erin Stoltman, Essentia Health-Ada Administrator, says the Essentia Healthcare system is a leader in the state when it comes to getting the vaccines administered in a timely manner.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has been a stressful and depressing time for the entire universe, Kjono and Stoltman both note that the vaccination process has been a positive boost to their staff and those receiving it.
The most recent data shows that 1,031 people, or 15.8%, in Norman County have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Another 381 people, or 5.8%, have received the second dose as well. Mahnomen County has now opened their vaccine distribution to anyone living in the county over the age of 18. As a result, 1,650 people, or 30%, have now been vaccinated in Mahnomen County and another 673, or 12.2%, have gotten the second dose. Those figures are as of Monday, February 8th.
Sarah Kjono and Erin Stoltman were guests on this weeks COVID-19 Conversation. To listen to the full interview, visit rjbroadcasting.com and look for the Access Health button under the Programming page.