The COVID omicron variant has made its first Minnesota appearance in a metro-area man who was fully vaccinated.  State Health Department’s Kris Ehresmann says there’s obviously a lot to learn about this latest COVID variant — however…

“We’re delighted that the initial cases who have had vaccine breakthrough have had mild illness.  That really is our goal with vaccination.”

Ehresmann says it’s “great” if vaccination prevents infection in the first place, but the ultimate objective is to limit hospitalizations and prevent death.