Minnesota reveals updated vaccine figures, which will now be released daily

The health department was initially going to release it weekly.
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The Minnesota Department of Health has announced it will now be updating its COVID-19 vaccination numbers daily, rather than weekly as previously planned.

The department released the latest tranche of COVID-19 figures at noon Tuesday, revealing 38,014 people have been vaccinated so far in the state as of Dec. 26.

The initial plan was for vaccination figures to be updated every Wednesday.

But this decision came in for scrutiny from local media, among others, who pointed out that many other states were updating their vaccination numbers daily.

The data will now be released weekdays at 11 a.m., the same time as the state's COVID-19 case and death data is issued. It will not be updated at weekends however.

Minnesota was expected to take delivery of around 250,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of December, a combination of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.

Of those vaccinated so far, 37,397 people have received the Pfizer vaccine.

A further 576 received the Moderna vaccine, which arrived later than the Pfizer vaccine, and is initially being rolled out in long-term care facilities. There is no data on which vaccine the remaining 41 recipients received.

Most of those vaccinated so far are aged 18-49, which is not surprising given that many of the early doses have gone to frontline healthcare workers who deal with COVID-19 patients.

As of Dec. 26, only 2,006 of those vaccinated are aged 65 or older, but MPR reports that the distribution of vaccines in long-term care facilities began in earnest Monday, and the MDH figures are only updated as of Dec. 26.

As such, these numbers are expected to rise as the figures are updated over the coming days.

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