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Two months into COVID vaccine distribution: Where do MN and WI stand?

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REGIONAL-- The U.S. is now two months into COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States has administered more than 57 million doses.

More than 16 million Americans are fully vaccinated, as of Thursday afternoon.
Both Minnesota and Wisconsin recently surpassed one million doses administered.

This means more than 40% of Wisconsin residents 65 and older have received their first dose of the vaccine.

According to a New York Times article, the state ranks 12th for its percentage of residents vaccinated compared to all states and U.S.-owned territories.

Department of Health officials said while the state is in a good position with vaccine efforts, they didn't receive the full amount of 350,000 vaccines they requested this week from the federal government.

"All of our vaccinators are committed to getting a vaccine in everyone's arms as quickly, as safely, and as equitably as possible," said Dept. of Health Deputy Secretary Jill Williems van Dijk. "They are ready to administer far more vaccines than we currently receive."

On Friday, Minnesota also hit a milestone administering one million vaccines as well. Now, roughly 20% of the state's population has been vaccinated.
One Iron Range healthcare provider said he's proud of the work the state is doing but it doesn't stop here.

"Where are our two million and our three million," said Dr. Pete Olson the VP of Medical Affairs and Emergency Dept. Physician at Fairview Range hospital. "Where in the state of Minnesota we start to see our hospitalizations decrease and we start to get back to our new normal."

According to the same New York Times article, Minnesota is ranked 23rd for its percentage of residents vaccinated.

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Emma Quinn

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