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Minnesota has administered 1.37 million doses of coronavirus vaccine and more than half of the state’s senior citizens have gotten at least one dose.

The latest data from the Minnesota Department of Health shows more than 902,000 residents have gotten at least one dose of vaccine and 467,300 have received both. Seniors are the largest age group to be vaccinated with 452,023 receiving at least one dose.

Vaccinations increased last week after shipping delays caused by winter whether forced some providers to postpone vaccination appointment.

COVID TRACKER: Map of MN cases; latest on infections and vaccinations

State officials hope the approval of the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine by federal regulators over the weekend will further speed up the state’s vaccination campaign. The other two vaccines, from Moderna and Pfizer, require two doses for the best immune system response.

Minnesota now has 30 counties where 20 percent or more of residents have received at least one dose of vaccine.

Rural Minnesota counties with smaller populations have made the greatest strides in vaccinating per capita. Cook County, in Minnesota’s Arrowhead Region, has vaccinated the most per capita at 42 percent.

Hennepin County has vaccinated 15 percent of residents while Ramsey has provided at least one dose of vaccine to 14 percent of residents.

For more information on vaccines go to: mn.gov/vaccineconnector or call 1-800-657-3504.

Minnesota reported 636 more coronavirus infections Monday and three more residents died from COVID-19. Those who died ranged in age from their 50s to their 90s with one living in long-term care, one in a private home and one in a group home.

The state’s COVID-19 death toll is 6,486 with 4,057 fatalities among residents of long-term care. There are 68 additional deaths suspected to have been caused by the coronavirus, but the person never had a positive test.

Patients hospitalized because of COVID-19 continue to decline with 230 currently hospitalized including 47 in critical condition.

There have been 485,230 coronavirus infections diagnosed since March 2020. Of those, 97 percent, or 471,647 people, have recovered enough they no longer need to be isolated.

Minnesota announced its first COVID-19 infection March 6, 2020, after the coronavirus was detected in a Ramsey County resident in their 70s who had traveled from California to Mexico on the Grand Princess cruise ship.

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