Minnesota rolls out new COVID-19 vaccine data dashboard

    Gina Harper measures out the exact amount of the COVID-19 vaccine for a dose before it is administered to the first patients in Colorado at UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital on Dec. 14, 2020, in Fort Collins. The first COVID-19 vaccines were administered in Colorado to front-line health care workers in Fort Collins and Colorado Springs. Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post, Pool.

    Minnesotans can now track the state’s COVID-19 vaccination distribution and administration data with a new dashboard rolled out Tuesday by the state Department of Health.

    The dashboard will be updated daily with tallies of vaccine doses promised from the federal government and the number shipped to Minnesota providers, as well as county-specific data and demographic information about the people vaccinated so far.

    As of Jan. 9, 144,503 Minnesotans had received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine — roughly 2.6% of the state’s population — including 7,392 people who had received two doses of vaccine, according to the dashboard. More than half of the people who have received at least one dose are between the ages of 18 and 49, and more than two-thirds are women.

    Minnesota Department of Health epidemiologist Kris Ehresmann said last week that the state was on track to vaccinate 500,000 people and complete its first phase of COVID-19 vaccine distribution by the end of January. The current phase aims to vaccinate all health care workers and long-term care residents.

    During the next phase of distribution, 1.1 million frontline essential workers and adults over 75 will be vaccinated, Ehresmann said during a panel hosted by the University of Minnesota. The process will likely take months, but could be shortened by the plan announced Friday by President-elect Joe Biden to quickly release more vaccine doses to states.

    In the third phase, other essential workers, adults ages 65-74 and people under 64 with high-risk medical conditions will be vaccinated. The vaccine will be available for the general public after that.

    Rilyn Eischens
    Rilyn Eischens is a data reporter with the Reformer. Rilyn is a Minnesota native and has worked in newsrooms in the Twin Cities, Iowa, Texas and most recently Virginia, where she covered education for The Staunton News Leader. She's an alumna of the Dow Jones News Fund data journalism program and the Minnesota Daily. When Rilyn isn't in the newsroom, she likes to read, add to her plant collection and try new recipes.