ST. CLOUD -- Central Minnesota veterans considered to be high-risk will be able to start getting the COVID-19 vaccine next week.

Outpatients in the St. Cloud VA health system who are on dialysis, undergoing chemotherapy, have had a transplant, are homeless, or are 85 or older will be able to schedule appointments to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday.

This second phase follows the vaccination of health care personnel and nursing home residents. The optional outpatient vaccines will be offered by appointment only with a follow-up for the second dose happening four weeks later.

Vaccinations will be offered in the auditorium of the St. Cloud VA as well as at facilities in Alexandria, Brainerd, and Montevideo.

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