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Video: Northland pharmacists play huge role in COVID-19 vaccinations

The News Tribune is teaming up with Duluth-area media Wednesday to help answer your COVID-19 vaccination questions. In the video below, we hear about pharmacists' role in administering vaccinations.

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Duluth media outlets will feature stories with health experts on Wednesday, Feb. 24, in a day-long effort called “COVID-19 Vaccines: Finding Answers.”

Minnesotans have expanded access to COVID-19 vaccinations thanks to the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program that launched Feb. 8.

Locally, the Hermantown and Cloquet Walmart stores, along with Sam’s Club in Hermantown, and Thrifty White in Cloquet, are participating in the first phase of the program.

In the first week, Thrifty White in Cloquet administered 300 doses of the Moderna vaccine to Minnesotans age 65 and up who registered for appointments online.

Pharmacy manager Nat Willgohs said the rollout is going well so far. They’ve had a full appointment schedule, they’ve been able to administer all their doses and they’ve even come up with a backup plan in the event of a cancellation.

Samantha Erkkila is a former digital content producer for the Duluth News Tribune.
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