Good and no-so-good news about COVID vaccines coming to Minnesota: State Health Department’s Kris Ehresmann says Minnesota is in line for nearly 95-thousand doses of the Moderna vaccine which could begin shipping next week. But for the Pfizer vaccine, with its first shipment just wrapping up, “Minnesota was among those states recently informed by the federal government that it will receive less vaccine than we were initially planning for in the second shipment of Pfizer…. Pfizer has said the lesser amounts are due to manufacturing fluctuations.”
Governor Tim Walz says so far the state has received about 40-percent less vaccine than expected and is calling on the federal government to ensure it arrives as promised in every state.
Ehresmann says this week’s prediction was for less Pfizer vaccine than initially expected, but they don’t yet have projections for the weeks after that. She says in the interest of transparency, the state is adding a new page on its website showing the latest amounts of COVID vaccine that Minnesota will be receiving from the federal government.