It was a less-than-smooth rollout Tuesday when Minnesota seniors jostling for a limited number of COVID vaccinations overwhelmed a new state website. There were reports of people stuck for hours in virtual waiting-rooms, although by the end of the day officials reported more than five-thousand appointments for first and second doses booked at nine pilot locations around Minnesota. Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said to those seeking vaccinations:
“Thank you for your patience. We all apologize for the frustrations, but those frustrations will help us to work through and build better systems.”
Malcolm says officials will be ready to expand the program as more vaccine is available — but indicated they don’t have a timeline yet from the incoming Biden administration.
This message from the state Health Department’s Kris Ehresmann:
“Please be patient. There is not enough vaccine for everyone who wants it. If you can’t make an appointment now, you will be able to make one soon.”
President-elect Biden has promised 100 million doses in the first 100 days he’s in office.