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Rural COVID vaccination levels well behind metro areas

By Reed Anfinson
Swift County Monitor-News
Swift County is well behind several metropolitan counties in getting its residents vaccinated against COVID-19 . It is also far behind Olmsted County, the home of Rochester and the Mayo clinic.

That could have consequences for the county in the fall as new more infectious variants of the deadly virus circulate. Swift County is not alone in rural Minnesota in lagging behind the vaccination rates of metropolitan areas. Many rural counties in the state and nation have low numbers.

What the impact could be for health care services, schools, fall sports, and businesses will be somewhat determined by how prevalent the new strains are in the area in the fall. It will also depend on the percentage of those vaccinated, a process that has become frustratingly slow for public health officials...
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