Update on Local COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts
Efforts are underway in Faribault & Martin Counties to provide COVID-19 vaccinations.
• There continues to be a very limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine in Minnesota.
• Currently, MN is receiving 60,000 doses of vaccine per week. With our population of 5.6 million, that is just 1% of the supply needed.
• As of January 22, 2021, 649 vaccinations had been provided to Faribault County residents and 822 vaccinations to Martin County residents.
• The total population of individuals who would be eligible (by age) for vaccine in Faribault & Martin Counties is approximately 25,000. This means just 5% of our counties have received vaccine as of today. We have a long way to go.
• Mayo Clinic Health System Fairmont, United Hospital District and Community Health & Human Services of Faribault & Martin Counties are partnering together in this effort with support from county emergency management and the South Central Health Care Coalition.
Who is providing COVID-19 vaccine in Faribault & Martin Counties?
• The vaccine distribution system in Minnesota is complex and involves multiple vaccination providers, including health care providers/health systems, local public health agencies, pharmacies and community vaccinator programs.
• Mayo Health System, Fairmont and United Hospital District received allocations of the Pfizer vaccine to vaccinate staff and individuals in priority group 1A.
o Mayo Health System Fairmont has vaccinated 328 individuals.
o United Hospital District has vaccinated 151 individuals.
• Human Services of Faribault & Martin Counties received the Moderna vaccine and has vaccinated 300 individuals in priority group 1A.
• Outside vaccinators – through the Federal Pharmacy Partnership Program – are responsible for vaccinations happening in long-term care settings.
Who is currently eligible to receive the vaccine in Faribault & Martin Counties?
• Individuals who work or live in Faribault & Martin Counties
• The current directive is to provide vaccine to all individuals in the Priority 1A group before moving onto providing vaccine to those over age 65 and those working in education or childcare sector.
• Priority Group 1A includes: hospital staff, skilled nursing facilities (staff and residents), certified EMS/EMT workers, COVID testers, COVID vaccinators, assisted living facilities (staff and residents), urgent care settings/clinics, dialysis centers, dental offices, home health care (staff), group homes (staff & residents), pharmacists, correctional health care providers, school nurses, funeral home staff, specialty health care providers including optometry, audiology and chiropractic care and staff with direct client care (with no ability to work remotely) working in public health, mental and behavioral health settings.