(MANKATO) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in adolescents ages 12 to 15. The final decision on Emergency Use Approval is expected Wednesday by the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MNAAP) applauds this step in bringing the COVID-19 vaccine to adolescents. Mankato Clinic physicians encourage parents and caregivers to protect their teens against COVID-19 when the vaccine is available to them. “Data from clinical trials shows that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for younger age groups. The [...]
Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato is moving COVID-19 testing from the Madison East Center to its vaccination center at 1315 Stadium Road, effective Monday, May 17. The move allows for COVID-19 testing and vaccinations to be consolidated at one convenient location. Testing and vaccinations will have separate hours, and both will require appointments. Appointments for COVID-19 testing and vaccinations can be made through Patient Online Services, which is Mayo Clinic Health System's patient portal. Appointments also can be made by calling 507-594-2100. Appointments for COVID-19 testing and vaccinations are open to non-Mayo patients.
Sixteen Minnesotans are among 24 Midwesterners named to the Bush Foundation fellowships. The St. Paul-based foundation honors 24 community leaders each year from Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, and 23 Native Americans nations in the three states. This year's winners will get up to 100-thousand dollars for education or opportunities like networking or training to boost leadership skills.
A St. Paul man is accused of stealing vials of COVID-19 vaccine, recording the alleged theft, and posting it on social media. Thomas Humphrey was arrested last Thursday on an unrelated charge in Blaine. He was released the same day. Meanwhile, Oakdale police say they're opening a theft investigation after Allina Health reported May 4th that the 32-year-old defendant stole a vial of the Pfizer vaccine from the clinic's vaccination site.
The NFL schedule gets released today, meaning Vikings fans will learn weeks and times for the first ever 17-game season. Minnesota is one of the teams that adds a ninth road game this year; among the teams outside of the NFC North coming to U-S Bank Stadium are the Cowboys, Rams and Seahawks.
Boys volleyball will not be a sanctioned varsity sport in schools. Yesterday, the Minnesota State High School League didn't achieve the two-thirds required vote to pass an amendment adding boys volleyball. Advocates said volleyball is one of the fastest rising sports, and that volunteer teams eclipse the number of those in boys lacrosse. Representatives who were against the proposal cited costs and the complications of Title 9. Despite this, the MSHSL did vote to add sectional playoffs and a state tournament for girls wrestling starting with the upcoming school year.
The Minnesota House will vote tomorrow on a bill to legalize marijuana for adult use in the state. That bill, which has passed through nearly a dozen committees, could face tough opposition in the Republican-controlled Senate if approved. The legislation would allow Minnesotans 21 and over to buy and possess certain amounts of cannabis while also expunging the criminal records of those convicted for non-violent crimes involving marijuana. Cannabis use is legal in 16 states and Washington, D.C.
Structures at one Maplewood park have suffered extensive damage following what could be arson last week. Police say flames were put out on the playground at Gethsemane Park on Friday after two juveniles were seen running from the area. No injuries were reported. Investigators are looking into the cause of the blaze. City officials are working with the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust to replace the playground.
Waite Park Police are looking for three suspects in connection to a robbery and assault on Sunday night. Officers responded to the 1400-block of 7th Street South that evening to find a female victim. She told police that three men confronted her while she was exiting her vehicle, demanded her money, and hit her in the face with a gun when she screamed. They fled on foot when a nearby resident asked if she needed help. Police say the three are described as Black men in their 20s, and ask that any tips be called into the Waite Park Police Department.
More coronavirus cases and related deaths have been reported in Minnesota. Yesterday, health officials listed 583 new cases and nine additional deaths. With those numbers introduced, the state's totals show over 589-thousand infections and about 72-hundred-40 deaths overall. About two-million-667-thousand-770 people have received their first shot of the coronavirus vaccine so far.