Brenda Stallman

Brenda Stallman, director of Traill District Health Unit, said she remains hopeful that a COVID-19 vaccine could be available to health care workers in North Dakota by the end of the year.

The director of Traill District Health Unit expects her office will receive its first batch of COVID-19 vaccines next week, possibly as early as Monday.

Brenda Stallman said the public health agency has been told by the North Dakota Department of Health that the county will receive 40 doses of Pfizer and BioNTech vaccines as part of the rollout effort to curb the spread of the virus.

“We’re very excited,” Stallman said Wednesday night. “Exciting is the perfect word. This is the beginning of the end” of the global pandemic.

The 40 doses headed to Traill County will be given to priority groups such as emergency responders and home health workers who are employed outside the state’s major health care networks, she said.

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