Minnesota begins to shutter COVID-19 community vaccination sites

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Minneapolis Star Tribune 10 July, 2021 - 11:58am 48 views

The state will begin shutting down its mass COVID-19 vaccination sites in coming weeks, now that 70% of Minnesota's adult population has been vaccinated.

While the Mall of America vaccination site in Bloomington will remain open, final doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be administered at the state's Community Vaccination sites by Aug. 7.

Vaccines will still be available at more than 700 pharmacies, primary-care providers and smaller state-run sites across the state.

"Our Community Vaccination Program is an example of what can be accomplished through partnership, determination, and hard work," said Gov. Tim Walz, in a news release Friday. "This program helped turn the tide on the pandemic here in Minnesota, saving countless lives."

Although the Biden administration narrowly missed its goal of getting 70% of the country's adult population vaccinated with at least one dose by July 4, Minnesota has already achieved that milestone.

As of Friday, more than 3 million Minnesotans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Since the pandemic struck in March 2020, some 606,297 Minnesotans have been sickened by the virus, and 7,622 have died from it, according the Minnesota Department of Health.

The Community Vaccination Program locations were set up in 21 different cities throughout the state to help bolster the availability of the free vaccine, including communities disproportionately affected by the coronavirus. Since January, the state has administered more than 618,000 doses of the vaccine at community sites and events throughout Minnesota.

By Sunday, state-run Community Vaccination Program locations in Duluth, Rochester, Mankato, St. Cloud, St. Paul (Roy Wilkins Auditorium), Lino Lakes, and Oakdale will only offer second doses of the vaccine.

The secure area of Terminal 1 at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, and Terminal 2, which is open to the public, will continue to offer the Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccination for people 18 years or older until Aug. 7.

The Mall of America site will remain open for walk-up Pfizer vaccinations and by appointment, accepting patients as young as 12 years old. Parent or guardian consent is required for people younger than 18 getting the vaccine.

After Aug. 7, Minnesotans can find sites administering the vaccine through the state's Vaccine Connector, the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Public Hotline from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays at 1-833-431-2053, providers can be found using the state's vaccine locator map, the federal government's site or by contacting your primary health care provider or a local pharmacy.

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Selma Blair is 'fine' with Rob Schneider voicing his anti-vax stance

Daily Mail 10 July, 2021 - 08:49pm

By Sarah Abraham For Dailymail.com

Selma Blair told TMZ that she is 'fine' with comedian Rob Schneider voicing his controversial 'my body my choice' stance on the COVID-19 vaccine.

The 49-year-old actress — who is immunocompromised herself and currently in remission following a battle with multiple sclerosis (MS) — confessed to getting two rounds of the Moderna shot but said she can 'understand the concern,' regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. 

The Hot Chick actor, 57, went on a Twitter rant on Saturday in which he urged his followers 'just say no' to the vaccine and called it an 'unapproved experimental gene therapy,' before writing: '#2ndAmendmentIsForThis.' 

Understanding: Selma Blair told TMZ that she 'is fine' with any vaccine-hesitant statements made by people, including comedian Rob Schneider, who unleashed his thoughts on Twitter, Saturday; pictured June 16

The Cruel Intentions star was seen grabbing coffee and doing a little shopping in a striped romper and hat with her boyfriend Ron Carlson on Melrose. 

Afterwards she was  asked her thoughts about the upcoming third vaccination — which Rob vehemently spoke out against as well as any 'vaccine acceptance.' 

Selma shared that she had incurred backlash from some people for getting the first two Moderna shots, as she still undergoes chemotherapy for her MS, had undergone a bone marrow transplant, and has an 'immune system problem.' 

After speaking about her vaccine experience, the conversation then switched to Schneider — which prompted a few giggles from Selma — as a TMZ reporter summarized his statements, namely his adoption of the women's rights phrase 'my body my choice,' with regards to the vaccine. 

One of Schneider's many tweets read: 'Just say no... And keep saying no... Over Half of the US population is continuing to say no to this unapproved experimental gene therapy! 'My body, my choice!''  

Twitter rant: The Hot Chick actor, 57, went on a Twitter rant in which he urged his followers 'just say no' and called the jab 'unapproved experimental gene therapy,' before writing: '#2ndAmendmentIsForThis'

Third shot: 'Just say no... And keep saying no... Over Half of the US population is continuing to say no to this unapproved experimental gene therapy! 'My body, my choice!',' one of his anti-vax statements read

More thoughts: 'And these a**holes are going "To keep track of who doesn't want the experimental gene therapy...'"Remember, a government that fears it's citizens is a better government,' he wrote 

Trial incompletion: The Hot Chick actor seconded a notion from a Canadian user who said that the vaccine 'trials that were performed weren't done fully'

Privacy: He continued to hit out on the prospect of door to door visits to increase 'vaccine acceptance' 

Another statement: He also penned a statement in the notes app to which he wrote about 'body autonomy' and the 'unprecedented coercion of professional health workers'  

And a second continued to hit back at the government's possible door-to-door 'soliciting' for 'vaccine acceptance.' 

'And these a**holes are going "To keep track of who doesn't want the experimental gene therapy...'"Remember, a government that fears its citizens is a better government.'  

Schneider also seconded a notion from a Canadian user who said that the vaccine 'trials that were performed weren't done fully,' before penning a statement in the notes app about 'body autonomy' and the 'unprecedented coercion of professional health workers'

'I should just walk away because I'm gonna say something wrong. I'm fine — I'm fine with whatever people say,' Selma said. 'We appropriate everything, so I'm not great with the cancel culture mentality...I have respect for everything.' 

Immunocompromised: Selma shared that she had incurred backlash from some people for getting the first two Moderna shots, as she still undergoes chemotherapy for her MS, had undergone a bone marrow transplant, and has an 'immune system problem'; pictured with Ron Carlson October 2020

Vaccine injury: Blair continued to say that her son Arthur had a 'vaccine injury when he was very young,' so she can 'understand the concern people have'

Selma continued to call the whole situation a 'minefield' that she couldn't 'navigate.' 'I don't mind what he says at all, but at the same time it's hard when everyone is hurting from something that's so oppressive...these shutdowns and businesses.'

And Blair then said that her son Arthur had a 'vaccine injury when he was very young,' so she can 'understand the concern people have.' 

'...But I never went anti-vax — not that I mind — i totally understand, but I think we're in a really tricky spot in the world. Those that can have a responsibility, but I have nothing bad to say about what anyone's saying.'  

Her boyfriend Ron then broke up the heavy conversation with a small dig at Schneider. 'But if Rob Schneider says it then we should live by it,' which prompted an outburst of laughter from both. 

Schneider had previously spoken out on numerous occasions against California Governor Gavin Newsom, gathering limitations and mask wearing. 'Vote every Democrat out.' 

Controversial: Schneider had previously spoken out on numerous occasions against California Governor Gavin Newsom, gathering limitations and mask wearing and tweeted 'Vote every Democrat out'; pictured 2018

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Minnesota to reduce COVID-19 vaccination sites after 70% goal reached

TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press 10 July, 2021 - 02:11pm

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Minnesota will wind down its mass vaccination sites on Aug. 7, it was announced Friday.

Pharmacies, primary care providers, smaller state-run sites and the Mall of America site will continue to administer vaccines.

“We know there is more work to do to reach all of our neighbors, but Minnesota is on offense in this next stage of the pandemic response,” Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan said in a statement. “In the months ahead, we will continue to prioritize the equitable distribution of vaccines until we put this pandemic behind us.”

The change is in response to the state meeting a goal of having 70 percent of the state’s adults vaccinated by the Fourth of July.

Through the Community Vaccination Program, the state has administered over 618,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine across Minnesota since January. In all, more than 5.7 million doses have been administered in Minnesota, and nearly 3.1 million have received at least one dose. Two of the three approved vaccines require two doses.

Vaccine locations in Duluth, Rochester, Mankato, St. Cloud, St. Paul (Roy Wilkins), Lino Lakes and Oakdale will only offer second doses of the vaccine after July 11.

“We are working hard to get shots to as many people as possible through local providers and community-based events,” Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz added in Friday’s statement. “We will continue our collaboration with diverse partnerships to equitably distribute vaccines in every community and every corner of this state.”

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Minnesota phasing out most state-run mass vaccination sites

KARE11.com 10 July, 2021 - 08:02am

ST PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota will start phasing out community vaccination sites after hitting a COVID-19 vaccination milestone, officials said Friday. 

Governor Tim Walz's office says it has hit the Biden Administration's objective of providing at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine to at least 70% of the 18+ population by July 4.

The Minnesota Department of Health reports roughly 2,899,005 18+ individuals have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine - of which the governor's office says 618,000 have been administered as part of the Community Vaccination Program.

The state said that milestone is informing its decision to begin shutting down its mass vaccination centers on or before Aug. 7 - with the Mall of America being the lone exception.

The state is encouraging those who have not yet received either dose of the COVID vaccine to continue seeking out smaller state-run sites, community vaccination sites, as well as Minnesota's network of pharmacies and primary care providers.

“We are working hard to get shots to as many people as possible through local providers and community-based events,” said Governor Tim Walz. “We will continue our collaboration with diverse partnerships to equitably distribute vaccines in every community and every corner of this state.”

The state says its locations in Duluth, Rochester, Mankato, St. Cloud, St. Paul (Roy Wilkins), Lino Lakes, and Oakdale will cease providing first doses starting July 11, before shutting down entirely on or before Aug. 7. 

Until Aug. 7, MSP terminals 1 and 2 will continue to provide access to the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine to those 18 years of age and older.

Mall of America, the lone mass vaccination holdout, will continue its walk up and appointment based services, and offer shots to those 12 years and older, with parent or guardian consent required for those under 18. 

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Minnesota ending mass vaccination clinics by August 7

Bring Me The News 09 July, 2021 - 06:10pm

Minnesota will soon begin decommissioning its numerous mass vaccination sites, according to a Friday news release from the office of Gov. Tim Walz. 

The announcement comes after Minnesota reached its goal of vaccinating 70% of the population (age 18-plus). 

Vaccines for COVID-19 will remain available beyond Aug. 7 at the approximately 700 pharmacies, clinics and smaller state-run sites across the state. 

Currently, mass vaccination sites in Duluth, Rochester, Mankato, St. Cloud, St. Paul (Roy Wilkins), Lino Lakes, and Oakdale are only offering second doses of the vaccine.

The single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine is available at MSP Terminal 1 (access required) and MSP Terminal 2 (open to the public) until Aug. 7. 

The vaccination site at Mall of America is offering appointments and walk-up shots of the Pfizer vaccine for anyone ages 12 and up. 

All of the mass vaccination sites will close by Aug. 8, with the exception of the Mall of America. 

You can find vaccination locations near at vaccines.gov.

After Aug. 7, Minnesotans can still get a free COVID-19 shot at the Mall of America, or by calling the Minnesota Department of Health hotline at 1-833-431-2053. 

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