Rice County Public Health Department Director Deb Purfeerst told KDHL AM Minnesota listeners today getting vaccinated is the way to get back to "normal."

Purfeerst shared the Rice County vaccination numbers.  16+ one dose 61% vaccinated.  65+ is 95.7%.  Ages 50 to 64 is 71.1%.

Purfeerst emphasized anyone can get vaccinated now with plenty of vaccine available.

She stated, "The vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 diseas.  In particular severe illness and death and they also reduce the risk of people spreading COVID-19.  We continue to encourage people to get vaccinated or if they have just received their first dose of Moderna or Pfizer and haven't received the second dose yet now is the time to get the second vaccine.   So they are fully vaccinated and protected."

Purfeerst adds the numbers are clearly showing the vaccine is having an effect on positive tests going down. " I did quickly take a peek at our positivity rate.  The one most recently posted on the MDH (Minnesota Department of Health) website April 25th through May 1st.  Rice is shown as having a 2.9% positivity rate.

The Rice County Public Health Director reminded us there are vaccination clinics tomorrow in Morristown and Wednesday in Lonsdale.

The Morristown event is for 18 years and older.  Moderna and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson- one dose) are available.  Preregistration is strongly encouraged.  Use the links below to register.

Moderna                            Janssen

Morristown Community Center is the site from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Lonsdale May 19th preregistration encouraged also with Pfizer and Janssen being offered.  Pfizer for 12 years and older.  Janssen 18 and older.  Use the links below to register.

Pfizer                                Janssen

Vaccinations take place at the Lonsdale American Legion 115 2nd Ave. NW from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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