I can only hope we get the dosages and vaccination sites up and running nonstop until we can get most everyone vaccinated.  Wouldn't it be nice to just look back at this freakin' pandemic instead of living it every day?

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According to Gov. Tim Walz yesterday, more of us will be able to get vaccinated as early as this week with Minnesota preparing to initiate a new pilot program for COVID-19 vaccines.

Walz emphasizes that the wait for most is nowhere close to over but this pilot program should help move things forward.  "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," Walz said.

St Cloud was picked as one of the nine sites in Minnesota to be providing the vaccinations. According to a press release from the Governor's office, the sites will be vaccinating adults 65 and older, child care workers and kindergarten through 12th grade teachers.

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65 and older adults who want to get their vaccination from their healthcare provider should wait for them to make contact about when to schedule your appointment. Schools will work with employees to schedule appointments at pilot sites.

"We are building for the future and doing what we can to get more shots to Minnesotans right now,” Gov. Tim Walz said in the press release. “... It’s a step in the right direction on this long road to recovery. The federal government has been giving mixed messages on vaccine availability and guidance, and we need them to step up and get more vaccine to the state. When they do, we will be ready. The end of this pandemic is closer today than it was yesterday."

Tama Theis, Rep- St Cloud issued a statement "This pilot site is great news for St. Cloud and surrounding communities as we work to deliver the vaccine to vulnerable Minnesotans, teachers, and childcare providers," Theis said in a release. "This is a great next step to safely reopening our schools and protecting vulnerable Minnesotans."

Minnesota pilot sites include Anoka, Brooklyn Center, Fergus Falls, Marshall, Mountain Iron, North Mankato, Rochester, St Cloud and Thief River Falls.

Minnesotans must schedule appointments at pilot sites by calling 612-426-7230 or toll free 833-431-2053. You can also schedule online at mn.gov/vaccine

(msn)  https://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/foodnews/st-cloud-will-be-1-of-9-pilot-sites-across-state-providing-vaccines-to-more-minnesotan

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