ST. PETER, 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 North Mankato, MN located in District 19A. 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. Susan Akland, R-St. Peter, issued the following statement about the new North Mankato COVID-19 vaccine pilot site:
"Bringing a vaccine pilot site to North Mankato will be a huge help to residents of our area, ensuring they won't have to travel long distances if they wish to be vaccinated," Akland said. "I hope eligible Minnesotans take advantage of this opportunity and are patient with the local health and school district officials as they work to distribute the vaccine to vulnerable Minnesotans, as well as our teachers and childcare providers. Patience will be key as supplies are currently limited, but the faster we're able to protect people, the faster we can fully and safely reopen our schools and businesses."
Rep. Akland plans to post website, phone, and other key information about the new North Mankato COVID-19 vaccine pilot site to her legislative Facebook page as it becomes available. You can find Rep. Akland's Legislative Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RepSusanAkland.