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"We put a lot of time and effort into making sure we had people trained, making sure we had the right equipment to safely move vaccine - that people knew how to handle it".

In the tri-county area, Stearns County had 18 new cases, Sherburne County had 13 and Benton County had 5.

Henry says 358 people are now hospitalized, 72 of whom are in intensive or critical care.

On Monday, Henry touched on B.C.'s COVID-19 immunization plans.

"We are excited to be giving vaccine to the community, but are asking for partnership and patience while we work through priority groups as outlined by MDHHS and the Center for Disease Control", said Courtland Keteyian, Henry Ford Allegiance Health vice president of population health.

Information regarding the vaccination process is available on the Jackson County Health Department COVID-19 vaccine page.

The updated tally from the Minnesota Department of Health means the state's providers have given first doses of the two-dose vaccine to almost a third of the initial priority group of 500,000 health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities.

Henry said the trials showed no difference between immune response among people who got a second dose 19 days later, versus days later - while the primary risk lies not in getting the second dose too late, but too soon.

The second dose largely improves the duration of vaccine effectiveness, rather than its protective effectiveness.

Once a second dose is administered, the Pfizer vaccine improves to 94.4 per cent effective while the Moderna vaccine rises to 95.2 per cent effective for a longer period of time. "There's a lot of fussiness about making sure the vaccine is stable", she said.

So far in January, there have been 242 new cases in the county.

Wyandotte County's health department, which is now vaccinating health care workers, has created an online form that will help show how many residents fall into each of the phases for distributing the vaccine.

"The spread really reflects what we are seeing in our community", said Henry.

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