As of Thursday, the federal government had allocated 541,100 vaccine doses to the state, with 329,450 of those having been shipped to Minnesota providers and 100,500 doses sent to pharmacies participating in the federal partnership program for vaccination in long-term care settings.
The Minnesota Department of Health has noted that it can take several days for allocated doses to actually be shipped to the state, and several more days before they actually arrive at their final destination and can be administered to Minnesotans. However, the dashboard allows Minnesotans to see the state’s progress as vaccination efforts continue.
MDH has said it hopes to complete Phase 1A of the vaccination process by the end of the month. The dashboard, on Tuesday, said 2.6% of the state’s population had received at least one vaccination dose so far while just 0.1% had completed the vaccine series.
“We are committed to ensuring Minnesotans know how much vaccine is coming to our state and how many of our neighbors are receiving their shots when it’s their turn,” MDH Commissioner Jan Malcolm said. “Transparency is a cornerstone principle of our vaccine rollout. We are pleased to provide Minnesotans with this vital information as the light at the end of the tunnel grows brighter.”
“The dashboard provides Minnesotans with transparency and promotes confidence that COVID-19 vaccine doses are consistently arriving in Minnesota, and shots are going in the arms of our health care workers and most vulnerable family and friends,” Minnesota IT Services Commissioner Tarek Tomes added. “It will help Minnesotans visualize our progress toward ending this pandemic for good.”