Joe Friedrichs

Registration for vaccination events in Cook County now open through April

There will be two vaccination events this week in Grand Marais, both on Thursday, April 8.

There will be an event at the lower level of North Shore Health, offering 60 first doses of the Pfizer vaccine to those ages 16 and older. Please note that those ages 16 and 17 must have a parent or guardian present at the vaccination event.

There will also be an event at the Cook County Community Center, offering 50 first doses and 120 second doses of the Moderna vaccine to those ages 18 and older.

Registration for this week’s event is now available on the COVID-19 hub site found on the county’s website. Click here for a direct link to the registration.

In addition, registration for vaccination appointments on April 15, 22 and 29 at the community center using the Moderna vaccine also opens today.

Cook County Public Health Supervisor Grace Grinager said on WTIP this morning that by having vaccination events open with more advance notice, public health officials hope to increase access to people who may need more time to plan their schedules in order to attend

The Cook County Public Health Department is also available to answer any questions community members might have about the vaccine itself. Call 218-877-8273 with any questions.

More than 1.7 million COVID-19 vaccine shots have been administered so far in Minnesota, with over 1.1 million state residents now fully vaccinated.

Cook County continues to have the highest vaccination rate for COVID-19 in Minnesota based on the percentage of local residents who have received the vaccine.

As of April 1, a total of 3,221 Cook County residents, which equates to 60 percent of the population, have received the first dose of the vaccine. Among those, more than 2,350 people have received the second dose as well and are fully vaccinated.

Grinager spoke with WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs April 5 for an update on vaccination events in Cook County and more information about COVID-19 and the ongoing pandemic.