More than 42 percent of Traill County residents have received their first doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

Traill District Health Unit Director Brenda Stallman reported Tuesday that local health workers have administered COVID-19 shots to 4,072 residents in Traill County this year.

“We’re ahead of the 35.5 percent average in the state and North Dakota is ranked at the top or near the top as far as (vaccination) rates nationally,” Stallman said Tuesday. “We hope that continues.”

Health agencies continued their rollout of vaccines in the area this week, holding vaccination clinics at large employers like American Crystal Sugar north of Hillsboro.

The North Dakota Department of Health recently moved to phase three of the vaccine rollout, which targeted essential workers and those with underlying health conditions.

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