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Update: Itasca Co. vaccination efforts resume after previously canceling amid supply delay


GRAND RAPIDS, MN-- According to Itasca County Public Health officials, vaccines are back on track for those who were affected by the cancelations on Feb. 22.

The recent severe weather in southern and western states caused disruption in the flow of vaccines, forcing Itasca Co. to cancel vaccine appointments slated for Monday.

“A whole new level of patience has been required of people and providers during this pandemic and these past days, with so many in line to receive vaccines at last, have been particularly frustrating,” said Kelly Chandler, Itasca County Public Health division manager. “Everybody is back on track and vaccines are arriving again. This is a time to notice the grace that is needed and will continue to be needed as we all wage this battle against COVID-19. The things we each do, from wearing our masks to preparing for vaccination, matter.”

Those who were scheduled to receive their first doses of COVID-19 vaccine through the Itasca County Public Health clinic on Feb. 22 are now slated to receive them on Feb. 26. The clinic appointments are full for this date. Walk-ins are not accepted.

Those who had been slated to receive their second doses through public health on Feb. 18 will now receive them on Feb. 24 (these second-dose patients will need to re-register).

As of Feb. 20, the number of Itasca County residents receiving COVID vaccines stands at 7,997 (17.7 percent) as compared to 13.7 percent of Minnesotans statewide.

Vaccination options and current local data can be found here.

ITASCA CO., MN-- Itasca County Public Health Vaccination Clinic scheduled for Monday, Feb. 22 is canceled.

With weather conditions across the US, vaccine shipments have been delayed postponing vaccine distribution.

Itasca Co. officials say, at this point, they are unsure when the shipment will arrive so a new date has not yet been set.

Those with a scheduled appointment will have to reschedule once a new date is determined.

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