Eighty-two more Minnesotans — 51 in long-term care facilities — have died from COVID, even as the state prepares for the first vaccine shipments which will go to health care workers in high-risk settings, and residents of nursing homes. Commissioner Jan Malcolm says the state Health Department has been getting inquiries about whether people with underlying health conditions should take the COVID vaccine:

“We’ll get more insight into that question when the FDA publishes the report and the data that will accompany the regulatory action which we certainly expect.”

As for reports of allergic reactions to the COVID vaccine, state officials say they’re waiting for guidance from C-D-C. They say any side effects are generally mild.