COVID-19 Vaccine Available to All Minnesotans 16+ Starting Tuesday

COVID-19 Vaccine Available to All Minnesotans 16+ Starting Tuesday

March 29, 2021 Access Health News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

Minnesota, MN — Governor Tim Walz announced today that all Minnesotans 16 years of age and older will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination beginning Tuesday, March 30. The final eligibility expansion comes as the federal government has promised an increased supply of vaccine by April. By expanding eligibility to all Minnesotans, providers across the state will have the flexibility they need to fill appointments and support the state‚Äôs most critical goal: to get as many Minnesotans vaccinated as quickly as possible to end this pandemic.

Continuing to honor their commitment to immunizing for impact, the Walz-Flanagan Administration has directed providers to prioritize vaccine appointments for older Minnesotans, those with underlying health conditions, and those in frontline jobs. Providers will then have the flexibility to provide available appointments to other eligible Minnesotans.

 Minnesota has become a national leader in getting shots into arms quickly. This week Minnesota was ranked number one in the country for the percentage of vaccine doses administered to Minnesotans. The state has vaccinated 80% of our seniors, outperforming the nation, and has also vaccinated at least two-thirds of our school and child care personnel.

Now that the state has developed the infrastructure to distribute vaccines quickly and efficiently, Governor Walz says its now up to the rest of Minnesota to do their part to get us out of the pandemic.

While all Minnesotans will become eligible next Tuesday, not every Minnesotan will be immediately able to make an appointment. Vaccine shipments from the federal government will continue increasing over the coming weeks, but for now demand will still exceed supply.