Forty health care workers and first responders in Traill County outside the Sanford Health network received Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine Dec. 29-30.

Brenda Stallman, director of Traill District Health Unit, said Tuesday that 20 more doses are needed to vaccinate the remaining health care and EMS workers who requested shots in the county’s Tier 1 category, the highest priority group slated to receive the vaccines.

After all Tier 1 candidates have received their shots, health officials will begin treating Traill County residents ages 75 and up and individuals who are at least 65 with pre-existing medical conditions.

However, Stallman cautioned that her office has received no indications when the next shipment of vaccines will arrive and asked for the public’s patience as vaccine rollouts continue this winter.

“If most people are reading or listening to the news, they probably know the situation we’re in,” Stallman said Tuesday afternoon.

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