One day after President Biden announced he would double his goal to 200 million COVID-19 vaccines administered in the first 100 days, Gov. Tim Walz is expected to make an announcement later today that starting Tuesday, all Minnesotans aged 16 and older can get their COVID-19 vaccine.
The announcement comes after a promise from the federal government to increase supply by April.
“Minnesotans have done a remarkable job helping our most vulnerable get vaccinated and waiting their turn. Now, as we prepare to receive more vaccine heading into April, it’s time for all Minnesotans to get in line,” said Governor Walz.
“Minnesota has been leading the nation in getting shots into arms, and we plan to continue that leadership. By expanding eligibility to all Minnesotans, we will give providers the flexibility they need to keep getting shots into arms quickly, efficiently, and equitably.”
Over 30 percent of Beltrami County has received one dose, with 14,600 people with at least one dose, and 8,695 who have completed the series.
Around 27 percent of the population has gotten at least one shot in Cass and Clearwater counties, with about 26 percent in Hubbard County.
Minnesota leads the nation for vaccinating seniors and administering doses, with 80 percent of seniors vaccinated, as well as two-thirds of child care and school personnel.
The release from the Walz office says while everyone 16 and older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, they may not be able to schedule an appointment right away, as demand still outstrips supply.