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Olmsted County receives vaccine grant

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Olmsted County receives vaccine grant
Olmsted County receives vaccine grant

A big check from the state of Minnesota is helping to improve efforts to give out the Covid-19 vaccine.

Portion of olmsted county is getting a big check from the state of minnesota ?

"* to help improve efforts to give out the covid?

"*19 vaccine.

Kimt news 3's nick kruszalnicki is live to tell us how the money will be spent.

Nick?

Xxx katie ?

"* in total ?

"* the co will be receiving 154?

"* thousand dollars from the minnesota department of health.

Earlier today the olmsted county board of commissioners voted to accept the grant.

Those dollars will go to speed efforts to give out the vaccines ?

"* within one week of recieving the doses.

The money will also be used to work with local providers ?

"* like nursing homes and pharmacists to ensure priority groups are getting the shots.

Finally ?

"* the grant will go towards extending clinic hours ?

"* possibly to nights and weekends.

During meeting this afternoon ?

"* we heard from olmsted county public health director graham briggs, who stressed the need for getting the vaccine out as quickly as we are in a race with the virus now.

The more people that we get vaccinated, the more we push down transmission as a country and here locally, the less chance we give this virus to mutate.

Briggs also said about eight percent of the county has had covid?

"* 1*- and when you add in the people who have been vaccinated ?

"* he estimates about one in three residents has some sort of immunity to the virus.

Nick thanks nick.

Across the state, the minnesota department of health is giving out six point nine million dollars to public health agencies ?

"* to aid in their

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