All Skol, no shooting: Viking game vaccinations fail

All Skol, no shooting: Viking game vaccinations fail
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Efforts to vaccinate Vikings fans on match day failed to reach the shooting scoreboard.

In numbers : Only 147 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were given at several highly-touted pop-up clinics co-hosted by the team during home games between August and November, a spokesperson for the Department of Health told Axios. Minnesota.

  • For the context, the US Bank Stadium welcomes 66,000 fans.

Between the lines: Given the state’s and metro’s high vaccination rates, there’s a good chance that many of these ticket holders have already received a vaccine.

  • But the low numbers in the promotion, which included a raffle for future match tickets, show the difficulty state officials face in reaching and inoculating around 25% of Minnesotans aged 16 and over in vaccine margin.

Zoom out: Game Day Clinics are part of a larger campaign that includes pop-ups at other high-traffic events, including State Fair and Farmfest.

  • “Each injection administered protects another Minnesotan from COVID-19, and we will continue to seek opportunities to obtain injections for those Minnesotans who still need them,” wrote Devin Henry of MDH in an email.

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