State officials learned this week that some shipments of the Moderna (moh-DAIR-nuh) COVID vaccine would be delayed, but they’re still expecting vaccinations will begin this week for nursing home residents. State Health Department’s Kris Ehresmann says once the vaccine arrives in Minnesota, it must then be distributed to locations across the state:
“There isn’t a lot of vaccines that are just sitting around. There’s a lot of vaccines that are *moving* around, but it’s not sitting around waiting to be used. Once it arrives, it does get used.”
Minnesota already received some of its expected allotment of the Pfizer COVID vaccine, which has gone to health care workers because it’s more difficult to ship and store.