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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced Thursday his plan to vaccinate Minnesotans through the summer.
Before the next phase begins, Walz issued guidance that 70 percent of adults 65 and over should be vaccinated before expanding eligibility.
“We set out to protect the most vulnerable Minnesotans, and we are honoring that commitment. Older Minnesotans have borne the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic and we are focused on making sure they get vaccinated and keeping them safe," said Governor Walz. "These vaccines work — we can see that in the plummeting cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in long-term care facilities around our state. We will continue working with a robust network of providers to vaccinate all Minnesota seniors who need the most protection against COVID-19 right away.”
The plan once vaccination is extended is as follows:
- People with specific high-risk health conditions
- Targeted essential workers
- People 45-64 with one or more high-risk medical condition
- People 16-44 with two or more high-risk medical conditions
- Essential frontline workers
- People 50 and over in multi-generational housing
- People 16 and over with any underlying medical condition
- People age 50-64 regardless of health condition
- General public