AARP has been fighting in Washington DC, St. Paul, and state capitols across the country to make sure that older Americans are prioritized to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and have timely and accurate information about how and when to sign up to get vaccinated. And while we are encouraged by the milestones and progress of last week - including eclipsing the one million mark for vaccination, the continued downward trends in COVID-related deaths and hospitalizations, the work to vaccinate residents and staff in long term care, and the launch of the Minnesota Vaccine Connector - we know that our state’s vaccination rollout has left too many feeling frustrated and confused. A recent online questionnaire fielded between 2/12 and 2/15 by email to AARP members across Minnesota reflected just that. More than 1,700 AARP members completed the questionnaire.
Sadly, the December 13 Star Tribune Special Report ("Desperate at 'Death Ridge' ") details at length an utterly ruinous response to the pandemic. Having spent over 40 years working in nursing home administration and regulation, I am deeply disturbed about what happened and believe that there must be accountability.
AARP MN hosted this live Q&A event to hear the latest COVID-19 vaccine information with our guests, Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner, Jan Malcolm and Director of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Kris Ehresmann.
AARP Minnesota State Director, Will Phillips, participated in a press conference today with Governor Tim Walz and the Minnesota Department of Health to share the state's next steps in its vaccine distribution plan. AARP Minnesota has been calling on the state to prioritize older Minnesotans to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
New AARP Analysis Shows Rate of COVID-19 Deaths in Nursing Homes Has Tripled and Cases Quadrupled in Three Months
The latest release of AARP’s Nursing Home COVID-19 Dashboard depicts a worsening crisis from coast to coast, including Minnesota. In the four-week period ending December 20, 62.2% of nursing homes in Minnesota reported residents with confirmed cases of coronavirus, and 92.4% with at least one staff member diagnosed.
Gifts for Seniors - Twin Cities is hosting their Annual Holiday Gift Drive for isolated seniors. Learn more about how you can brighten the holiday season for an isolated older adult in need.
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