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Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Olmsted County continues its COVID-19 vaccination program and at last report was nearing 10,000 shots.

The county is reporting 9500 people have received COVID vaccine so far (as of Jan 8).

The county says it is focusing its vaccination efforts on what’s being called Phase 1a, priority 1 and 2 which includes:

  • Hospitals: All personnel working in dedicated COVID-19 units, ICU, emergency departments, designated COVID-19 urgent care clinics. This includes, but is not limited to, nurses and nursing assistants, doctors, advanced practice providers, respiratory therapists, lab/tech staff, and environmental services/maintenance staff.
  • Long-term care facilities (skilled nursing facilities and nursing homes): All personnel working in these settings and residents living in these settings, including veterans’ homes.
  • Emergency Medical Services Personnel: People providing direct patient care as part of the EMS system. This includes air ambulance pilots, ground ambulance drivers, physicians, physician assistants, nurses, and those personnel certified or registered by the EMSRB: paramedic, emergency medical technicians, and advanced EMTs, and emergency medical responders.
  • COVID-19 testers: Personnel providing testing at large community testing centers.

Phase 1a - Second Priority
Who is included:

  • Hospitals: All personnel providing direct patient services or handling infectious materials and not included in the first priority group.
  • Long-term care facilities (Assisted living facilities/housing with services with an arranged home care provider): All personnel working these facilities.
  • Urgent care settings: All personnel providing direct patient services or handling infectious materials and not included in the first priority group.
  • Dialysis centers: All personnel providing direct patient services or handling infectious materials.

Olmsted County is responsible for vaccinating EMS personnel, community COVID-19 vaccinators, and COVID-19 testers at regional testing sites.  The county also ensures its skilled nursing, assisted living, and other long-term care staff and residents are matched with a local pharmacy (CVS, Walgreens, and Thrifty White) through the federal Pharmacy Partnership Program or through designated state vaccinators (Hy-Vee).

At this time, only Phase 1a priority 1 and 2 have been fully determined.

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