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Olmsted County receives $154K grant to help with COVID-19 vaccine rollout

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Minnesota Department of Health awarded Olmsted County a $154,679 grant to help with the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in the county.

According to a news release from Olmsted County on Tuesday, MDH is allocating $6.9 million to local public health agencies across Minnesota to help them quickly administer the vaccine.

The county said the funds will be used in part to help administer vaccines "as rapidly as possible" to priority groups, typically within a week of receiving the vaccine.

The funds will also be used to ensure the vaccination of priority groups by working with local partners, like long-term care facilities, pharmacists and more.

“We appreciate these funds from the state to help us in our community-wide vaccination efforts,” Olmsted County Board of Commissioners Chair Stephanie Podulke said in a news release. “So many people in our community are partnering to get Olmsted County residents vaccinated as quickly as possible."

The county added that some of the money will be used to make sure clinic hours "are accessible to a wide range of individuals in the community," including hosting events on weekends and evenings.

According to the state's COVID-19 vaccine dashboard, as of Sunday, 24.2% of Olmsted County residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, including 13.4% who have completed the two-dose series.

"We’re getting there, but it will take time," Podulke said. "We appreciate everyone’s patience and continued adherence to COVID-19 health and safety measures.”

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