ST. PAUL — A total of 710,305 Minnesotans, or 12.8% of the state's population, have received their first dose of the vaccine for COVID-19, health authorities reported Thursday, Feb. 18.
Both vaccines developed by pharmaceutical manufacturers Moderna and Pfizer are administered in two rounds, both of which are required for maximum protection against the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. As of Thursday, the Minnesota Department of Health said, a total of 264,122 people in the state have received two doses, or 4.7% of the state population.
Minnesota has so far administered 975,626 doses of the vaccine and is expected to give out its 1 millionth in the coming days. The pace of the state's vaccination campaign is being hindered, however, by the winter storm affecting the continental United States this week.
Snow and ice have disrupted the vaccine supply chain and forced the cancellation of previously scheduled vaccination appointments in Minnesota. Health department said Thursday that appointments that were to be held at several state-run clinics will have to be rescheduled as well.
While vaccines are still being conserved for health care workers, nursing home residents, older adults, teachers, school employees and child care workers in Minnesota, health officials Thursday did launch an new online service that anyone can use at vaccineconnector.mn.gov, and that will notify users as to when they can access the vaccine. That determination will be based off of information users provide through an accompanying questionnaire.
Also Thursday, the health department reported the diagnosis of an additional 928 cases of COVID-19. All told, 476,292 infections have been documented in the state since the coronavirus pandemic began.
Of those, 463,041 no longer require isolation.
Fourteen additional COVID-19 deaths were reported Thursday as well, six of which occurred outside the Twin Cities metro area. Eight of the newly reported deaths occurred in long-term care settings. Minnesota's pandemic death toll rose to 6,404 as a result.
Two additional nonintensive care unit hospitalizations attributed to COVID-19 were reported on Thursday, bringing the total number of hospitalizations caused by the disease to 25,341 since the pandemic began. Preliminary data shows that 287 people were actively hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Wednesday, Feb. 17, 54 of whom are in the ICU.
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- Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 hotline: 651-201-3920.
- COVID-19 discrimination hotline: 833-454-0148
- Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 website: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) website.