Norman-Mahnomen Public Health Provides Insight on COVID-19 Vaccines

Norman-Mahnomen Public Health Provides Insight on COVID-19 Vaccines

December 21, 2020 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

By Mark Askelson (12/21/20)

Ada, MN — Vaccinations for COVID-19 in the State of Minnesota began last week and will begin to take place locally as soon as today. The first group to get the vaccine will be health care workers, followed by long term care employees and residents, essential workers, adults with high-risk medical conditions, older adults, and eventually the rest of the general public. It likely won’t be until late spring until everyone will have had the opportunity for the vaccine. However in rural Minnesota, it is possible it could take less time to get our general population vaccinated. Sarah Kjono with Norman-Mahnomen Public Health says a majority of the populations in places like Norman County are either high-risk or are employed by those in that first priority group, which could help speed up the process.

Many people may be concerned about the risks of the COVID-19 vaccine, but Kjono says most of the risks are similar to the flu vaccine and long-term effects are not common in any form of vaccine.

People should consult with their doctor if they have concerns with the virus. And despite what you may have read on social media, Kjono says the COVID-19 vaccine is NOT mandatory.

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 will be one of the best ways to protect yourself and everyone around you. Kjono adds that the more people that get the vaccination, the less disease there will be in our communities.