State officials are launching a pilot program at nine locations around Minnesota, including North Mankato, preparing for the second phase of COVID-19 vaccinations when more vaccine is available.   Governor Tim Walz says a small number of doses will be available for those age 65 and over, plus pre-K through grade 12 educators, school staff, and child care workers:

“The problem is, we literally have millions of Minnesotans and in many of these sites we’re going to have hundreds of doses until the federal government simply moves faster.”

The governor is urging patience and says Minnesotans who are healthy and don’t have other issues should think about helping their neighbor get vaccinated before they do.

Pilot locations will begin vaccinating on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Appointment scheduling begins around noon tomorrow (Tues) at mn.gov/vaccine. Vaccination pilot program sites are Fergus Falls, Marshall, Mountain Iron, North Mankato, Rochester, Saint Cloud, Thief River Falls, and in the Twin Cities in Anoka and Brooklyn Center.