Goodhue County Health and Human Services (GCHHS) is following the Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH) priority groups for giving vaccines. In January, GCHHS started to vaccinate our Phase 1A 1st priority group - Emergency Medical Services (EMS). We held vaccination clinics for our EMS throughout the county in Red Wing, Zumbrota, Kenyon and Cannon Falls.
Other Phase 1a First Priority groups are being vaccinated by the hospital/clinic at which they are employed and residents/employees at Long Term Care facilities are being vaccinated by an appointed Pharmacy from the Federal Pharmacy Provider Program.
We are proceeding as quickly as possible to get people vaccinated as soon as they are eligible. There continues to be a very limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine in Minnesota and we're waiting to receive additional vaccine.
While Minnesota is expanding those eligible for a vaccine, GCHHS, along with other community agencies, continue to serve healthcare workers and certain congregate care residents and staff in Phase 1a. Residents in Phase 1a, can still plan on receiving the vaccine through their workplace, care facility, or local public health.
Minnesota health care systems are providing limited vaccine doses to patients 65 years of age and older. Health care providers are developing systems to let their existing patients know when they can make an appointment for a vaccine. Providers will contact patients with this information – Minnesotans should not contact their health care providers directly right now.
There continues to be a very limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine in Minnesota.