UPDATE 9:20 p.m. In a news release Thursday night, MDH said 374 doses of vaccine were distributed at the Rochester site from 8 p.m. Thursday.
2,399 Minnesotans have received doses nationwide.
ROCHESTER, Minnesota (KTTC) – Pilot vaccination sites for the Minnesota Department of Health for adults over the age of 65 and teachers began Thursday. One of the nine townships in the state is in Rochester at Willow Creek High School.
Of the 60,000 doses of vaccine against COVID-19 given to the state per week, 12,000 doses are now being directed to the pilot program.
“Last week was my birthday! So it was my birthday present,”
“Lucky. Mostly lucky,” said another recipient, Debbie Flobin, after leaving Willow Creek.
After the collapse of the registration website on Tuesday – and only a handful of 6,000 selected Minnesota who can make appointments – the lucky one may be the perfect description.
“My daughter-in-law got it,” Betty Wilson said. “She’s the one who got it for me. No problem at all.”
“It’s really easy,” Michael said. “We just got online.”
The riot was felt outside the school and in the cold January wind.
“I feel great. I feel like I came in before. I’m ready for lunch. I’m always ready for lunch,” Michael joked.
“We were so lucky. We must have taken one for him first,” said Ann Lemming, gesturing to her husband. It was so easy. Everyone was very organized there. They had lines you go through. I sat down. I got the shot and it was over. I said, “You’re done?” “
Michael added that it didn’t hurt at all.
“Everyone was really excited. It was perfect,” Flobin said.
“Just wonderful. Really good. No pain or anything,” Wilson said.
Getting the gold ticket was not so easy for everyone.
“I had four people working on it. My two daughters, my husband and I. My daughter went online in about 10 minutes. So, you know, we’re really lucky. So, it’s good to go!”
But it was worth it to see that flash of light at the end of the tunnel, first hand.
“Right now, this is the most important thing in my life,” Flobin said. “I can’t get my other life until I get the vaccine. That’s pretty important.”
Minnesotans eligible for vaccination in the pilot program can register online or call 833-431-2053. Registration can be made for next week, starting on Tuesday.