GHENT, MN — On Monday, the Minnesota Department of Health announced a new community COVID-19 vaccine program that partners with local public health and school districts at nine locations across the state—including a location in Marshall, MN in District 16A. The pilot sites will initially serve adults aged 65 and older, Pre-K through Grade 12 teachers and school staff, and staff working at licensed and certified child care programs. According the announcement, a "small number of doses" will be available at each site for eligible Minnesotans, and appointments can be made by phone or online only for Minnesotans 65+. The website and phone number are expected to be made available Tuesday, and appointments are set to begin on Thursday. School districts will select pilot program participants, and child care providers will be randomly selected and notified to secure an appointment.
Rep. Chris Swedzinski, R-Ghent, issued the following statement about the new Marshall COVID-19 vaccine pilot site:
"This pilot site will be critical for delivering the vaccine to Minnesotans who want it in Southwest Minnesota," Swedzinski said. "I am grateful that folks in our area won't have to travel hundreds of miles to get vaccinated. Targeting the vaccine to vulnerable Minnesotans and teachers is a crucial step to reopening our economy, getting our kids back in school, and protecting those who are most impacted by the disease."
Rep. Swedzinski plans to post website, phone, and other key information about the new Marshall COVID-19 vaccine pilot site to his legislative Facebook page as it becomes available. You can find Rep. Swedzinski's Legislative Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RepChrisSwedzinski.