Minnesota health officials are preparing for a three-phase rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine.   Kris Ehresmann with the state Department of Health:

“We have been talking about the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s there and it’s getting closer all the time. But we do have to stay the course a bit longer before we reach it.”

Vaccines will likely become available to health care professionals first, the most vulnerable, and then the general public. Federal vaccine approvals could start as soon as next week, but Ehresmann says the state would need another week or so to prepare for distribution.