At the onset of COVID-19, I was a big fan of our state’s response and the direction of Gov. Tim Walz and the Minnesota Department of Health That’s definitely not the case now.

I’m 74. My husband’s 70 with underlying immunosuppression due to a transplant. We cannot get on a single waiting list for a vaccine appointment. I’ve exhausted days online to get in a queue to make an appointment. We would go anywhere in the entire state to get vaccinated.

We’re patients of five health care systems. Only Essentia queries underlying conditions.

The results are always the same: Don’t call us, we’ll call you. When my husband phoned St. Luke’s, he was transferred to a link that only accepted appointment cancellations.

The so-called pharmacy partnership system doesn’t seem to be any better: As of Feb. 5, CVS had no vaccine, Walgreens wasn’t making appointments, and Walmart had suffered a system crash.

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My 50-year old son, considered an “essential worker” in transportation, has Crohn’s disease and a compromised immune system. Is he eligible for a vaccination? Apparently not. Yet he drives multiple people daily in closed vans for hours

Meanwhile, I’ve heard of four individuals who apparently were able to game the system by networking personal contacts in health care. Yes, gaming seems to be going on. None seemed to be eligible, yet each received their first vaccinations and are scheduled for their second.

The Department of Health has created a bureaucratic nightmare!

Just get the vaccine into as many arms as possible in as short a time as possible. Decisions made by Walz and the Health Department have destroyed my faith in this administration and my hope that we will survive this pandemic.

We’ll just wear our masks, stay home, and wait to be carted off to the mortuary.

Paulette Warren


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