Minnesota health officials to recommend vaccine boosters for all adults

Minnesota Health Officials To Recommend Vaccine Boosters For All Adults

Christopher Magan reports for the Pioneer Press: “In response to rising coronavirus cases, many of which are among the fully vaccinated, Minnesota health officials will recommend that all adults receive vaccine boosters starting Friday, even if federal regulators don’t support the move. “The data is so compelling about the value of boosters to increase that protection, we think it’s quite urgent to relocate,” Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said on Tuesday. …It was reported later Tuesday that the Food and Drug Administration is expected to approve Pfizer boosters for all U.S. adults before an advisory panel meets Friday. The final step would be approval from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

Greg Stanley writes for the Star Tribune: “Government regulators will ask a large number of companies, manufacturers, landfills and municipalities to oversee a class of industrial chemicals known as PFAS, a major threat to health and the environment across the country.. The results may provide one of the most comprehensive insights to date of where PFAS contamination still comes from. The substances, known as ‘forever chemicals’, do not degrade in the environment. Monitoring would begin sometime this winter, said Katrina Kessler, commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), which announced its monitoring plan on Tuesday.

Dan Kraker reports for MPR: “Celebrated Minnesota artist George Morrison — who was born in 1919 in a Native American fishing village on the north shore of Lake Superior, but whose art career has taken him around the world — will be featured on a new stamp to be released next year by the U.S. Postal Service.. …Five of Morrison’s colorful, abstract landscape paintings will be on display in the spring of 2022 as part of the postal service’s Forever Stamp release.”

Josh Skluzacek of KSTP-TV reports:: “On Tuesday, Governor Tim Walz’s office announced that more than 44,000 students ages 5 to 11 have been vaccinated against COVID-19 so far this month.. Of the 44,250 children vaccinated through Nov. 14, more than 4,000 have received the vaccine at one of 19 school clinics across the state since Nov. 3. The Minnesota Department of Health is working with more than 30 schools in the state to plan on-site vaccination clinics this month, Walz’s office said.

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WCCO-TV’s Liz Collin reports:: “In Minnesota’s largest prison system outbreak in months, nearly a quarter of inmates in St. Cloud have COVID-19. The Department of Corrections currently reports 242 positive cases in that facility alone. … New concerns about COVID-19 in Minnesota prisons come at a time when the union representing corrections officers has sounded the alarm about what they call dangerous staffing levels statewide. It has gotten worse, they say, due to a pandemic that has left some people taking early retirement, unable to feel safe in a harsh environment for a highly contagious disease.”

MPR’s Mark Zdechik reports, “Before the pandemic, the annual cost of providing health care to Minnesotans with private, non-government health coverage was increasing at about 5 percent per year. Last year, those costs fell by 2.5 percent.”

In the Star Tribune, Jon Bream writes: The Bob Dylan Center has acquired some rare artifacts, including a recording of his first major concert in 1961 in New York City and the so-called “Madison Tapes,” recorded by a 19-year-old Dylan in a Wisconsin apartment. The Dylan Center, opening next spring in Tulsa, Oklahoma, announced these new additions on Tuesday. Recorded over the winter of 1960-61 at musician Danny Kalb’s apartment, the Madison tapes feature the itinerant Minnesotan singing 20 songs by the likes of Woody Guthrie, Little Walter, Pete Seeger, and Jimmie Rodgers.

For KELO TV in South Dakota Bob Mercer reports:, “Governor Kristi Noem’s daughter wrote on Tuesday that she plans to close her real estate appraisal business and surrender her permit by the end of the year. Kassidy Peters made the statement in a letter to the Secretary of State for Labor and Regulation and to three lawmakers. Her decision came a day after government operations and the legislature’s audit committee voted to subpoena the plan reached between Peters and the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation.”

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