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Cook County Exceeds 50% Vaccination Rate for COVID-19

Event date: 3/25/2021 Export event

Cook County Exceeds 50% Vaccination Rate for COVID-19

COVID-19 Vaccination Event on Thursday, March 25

COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA   ~~~~~~~~  March 22, 2021  (LSN)  More than half of Cook County’s populations has now received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. To date, 51.6% of people in Cook County and 93% of those ages 65+ have received at least their first dose. Forty percent of community members have received both doses in the two-shot series, according to the Minnesota Department of Health

“I am so proud of all the hard work we’ve done with mass vaccination,” Cook County Public Health Supervisor and EOC Incident Co-Commander Grace Grinager said. “Although the work continues, each shot gets us one step closer to the end of the pandemic.”

While Cook County continues to lead the state in vaccination percentage, recent cases serve as a reminder for all to continue to follow public health guidelines to avoid a further surge. 

“We all know what we can do to limit the spread of COVID-19, and now is the time for us all to come together and do our part,” Grinager added. “In addition to taking personal responsibility to practice these public health behaviors daily, it is important for us to treat one another with kindness and respect as we continue to move through the pandemic as a community.”

In public spaces, everyone even those who are fully vaccinated should continue to wear a mask, socially distance and stay home if they feel ill. Until a larger percentage of the population is fully vaccinated, all people should continue to avoid medium- or large-sized gatherings and to delay all unnecessary travel. Even after receiving the vaccine, it remains important to seek a COVID-19 test if you are showing even a slight sign of symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, fever, loss of taste or smells, fatigue, or body aches).  The vaccines for COVID-19 are extremely effective (around 95%), but even for vaccinated people, testing remains an important public health tool to control the spread of the virus.

The Cook County Public Health team, in collaboration with local healthcare partners at Grand Portage Health Services, North Shore Health and Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, remains committed and ready to help the community through the pandemic through multiple key response activities.  These include case investigation and contact tracing when individuals test positive; managing clusters or outbreaks of COVID-19 in consultation with the Minnesota Department of Health; offering technical assistance on safety and preparedness planning for local businesses and those considering hosting events;  organizing mass vaccination events and public health outreach activities to ensure that community members have accurate and up to date information on preventing the spread of COVID-19 in Cook County.

Contact:  Grace Grinager, 218-387-3605 or grace.grinager@co.cook.mn.us 
or Sawtooth Mountain Clinic (to set up a test), 218-387-2330

Registration and Eligibility Information for COVID-19 Vaccination Event on Thursday, March 25th

Officials from the Cook County Emergency Operations Center and Sawtooth Mountain Clinic announce that eligibility for this week’s vaccination event will follow the State of Minnesota’s expanded eligibility criteria

Those eligible for this week’s vaccination event on Thursday, March 25, at the Cook County Community Center include individuals who are:

  • Age 65+
  • A caregiver (someone who supports daily living activities for older adults or those living with chronic conditions or disabilities)
  • Age 50+ living in a multi-generational household
  • Working in one of the following types of jobs:
    • Agriculture
    • Airport Staff
    • Corrections
    • Education (childcare, K-12 schools, youth enrichment programs)
    • Healthcare
    • First Responder (fire, law enforcement, EMS)
    • Food Processing, Food Retail, Food Service (grocery, convenience store, food shelf, bakery, bars, restaurant, café, winery, brewery, catering)
    • Judicial System
    • Manufacturing
    • Public Transit
    • Postal Service Workers
  • Age 45-64 with at least ONE underlying health conditions or 18-44 with at least TWO underlying health conditions that put you at higher risk for COVID-19
  • A patient of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic age 50-64 who lives with a social stressor that puts you at higher risk for COVID-19

Registration is required for this and all future vaccine events. Visit the Cook County COVID-19 hub site at www.cookcountycovid19.org for more information and a link to complete the online registration. To register, individuals will need to complete a pre-registration survey and provide:

  • name, address, phone number and date of birth 
  • a valid email address

Assistance is available for those who do not have internet access or need additional help signing up for an appointment. Call 218-877-8273 or email covid-19hotline@co.cook.mn.us or reach out to a trusted friend, family member or service provider.

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At this week’s 3/25 vaccination event, approximately 200 people will receive their first dose.  This is a two-dose vaccination series using the Moderna vaccine, and all individuals are automatically registered for their second dose appointment when receiving their first dose.

For current information on vaccine distribution and eligibility, please visit the Cook County COVID-19 hub site at www.cookcountycovid19.org. Cook County Public Health will continue to post information about who is currently eligible to register for a vaccine as well as how people in that group can sign up.  Registration for weekly vaccine events will open each Monday at 8 a.m.

Contact:  Grace Grinager, 218-387-3605 or grace.grinager@co.cook.mn.us 
Or Sawtooth Mountain Clinic Vaccination Navigator: 218-877-8273 or covid-19hotline@co.cook.mn.us

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