First day of vaccines for educators, people 65+ at pilot program in Mt. Iron |

First day of vaccines for educators, people 65+ at pilot program in Mt. Iron

Updated: January 22, 2021 05:58 PM
Created: January 22, 2021 04:36 PM

Amy Hultman's office door is just a few feet away from the state's vaccination set up in the gym. And she was the first educator to get the vaccine as part of the state's pilot program in Mt. Iron for those ages 65+ and educators.

"When I found out I would be one of the first, I felt overwhelmed and very blessed. I called my family immediately," she said. "The best way to do our jobs is to be with students. And we've had fear for ourselves, fear for our families, and this will definitely ease the fears of many of my colleagues."

Cory Kolodji, a longtime science teacher in Chisholm, told us he cried tears of joy when he found out he was on the list. "I'm going back to the classroom, and have 25 kids in there. I am really at risk, and it feels good to protect myself," he shared. "I didn't know how stressed and worried I was about this, until I found out I could get the vaccine."

Outside, Bonnie Horne told us that she can't wait to get vaccinated. "Oh, it feels excellent," she said. She was in the car with her 90-year-old mother, Audrey, who was vaccinated on Thursday in Bigfork. Once they have full immunity after the second doses, "We are going wedding dress shopping for my daughter. And we have a birthday party for Liam, my grandson," Horne said. "We've been quarantining, and want to be with our family."

The county said that about 1000 people are scheduled to get their first doses between Friday and Saturday.

According to Amy Westbrook, division manager of St. Louis County Public Health, the Minnesota Department of Education chose the Mt. Iron site, as it's a hub for the Northeast Service Cooperative.

Again, you can't just walk in and get a vaccine. You do have to have an appointment. And the only people who can try and sign up right now are ages 65+.

The next day to sign up for the vaccine is Tuesday. or by calling: 612-426-7230 or 1-833-431-2053.

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