MINNESOTA - Thrifty White, one of three pharmacy chains distributing COVID-19 vaccines to the over-65s in Minnesota, had more than 3,000 appointments available in rural Minnesota as of Wednesday afternoon, including in Slayton, Marshall and Westbrook.
More populous areas tend to fill up quickly, but some Greater Minnesota sites have a multitude of timeslots available. According to the thriftywhite.com/covid19vaccine website, there were 148 appointments available in Marshall Wednesday, 196 in Slayton and 200 in Westbrook.
Thrifty White says it will add more appointments when it confirms more allocations of the vaccine. It is currently offering the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines, the website notes.
According to Michelle Ebbers of Nobles County Public Health, Sanford, Avera and Sterling Drug have spots they are trying to fill for this week. If individuals have not gotten a call, they are 65 and older and are desiring to receive the vaccine, they can call these organizations, and they will be served until their respective organizations are full.
The allocations for each entity vary week to week, Ebbers said.
Gov. Tim Walz last week said the state will expand its vaccine program beyond healthcare workers, educators, long-term care residents and those who are 65 and older once 70 percent of Minnesotans 65 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine. That is expected to be toward the end of this month.
The Health Department on Wednesday reported about 32,000 new vaccinations in Minnesota, nearly twice the number from last Wednesday.