Hundreds get vaccinated at public health clinics

Updated: March 10, 2021 07:13 PM
Created: March 10, 2021 05:33 PM

Hundreds of people got their first dose of vaccine at St. Louis County Public Health clinics on Wednesday.

One of them was longtime steelworker Jon Malek.

"I was ecstatic. I thought it would be months and months before I could get a vaccine," he shared. "It's been stressful going to work every day wondering if you are going to get COVID."

Manufacturing is one of the groups considered eligible now. 

That's why Emory Hagemeyer drove up from Duluth. He works at Cirrus, and got an email on Wednesday morning encouraging him to register. "I signed up, drove up here, and it was quick and painless."

He's looking forward to seeing friends and family more, and working back at the office again. "It's important to help rebuild the economy."

St. Louis County got more vaccines than they had originally thought. So they moved quickly to set up vaccination clinics this week. There was one in Duluth and one in Eveleth.

"So many people came through today that I know. They are unpaid caregivers who have elderly family members. And I saw plenty of retired firefighters come in," shared Scott Lesnau, the planning section chief for COVID response for the county.

Along with different health factors, more essential workers can now sign up.

The essential workers who can sign up include:

Food processing facilities


Additional school and child care workers

Airport staff

Correctional settings

First responders

Food production

Food retail (grocery)

Food service

Judicial system


Postal service

Public transit

Public health

More clinics are planned for later this week. To sign up:

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