COVID-19 vaccines will be available to all Minnesotans aged 16 and over from March 30, the state is set to announce.
Health providers have been informed of the change in policy on Thursday, and Gov. Tim Walz made it official a few hours later.
“Tomorrow, Governor Walz will announce that all Minnesotans 16 years of age and older will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination beginning Tuesday, March 30,” a statement from Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan reads.
“The final eligibility expansion comes as the federal government has promised an increased supply of vaccine by April, and as 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.”
Gov. Tim Walz revealed last week that Minnesota’s vaccine supply is expected to double from around 175,000-a-week to 350,000 in the coming weeks.
Minnesota had been staggering its vaccine administration to ensure those most at risk from the virus, as well as healthcare and other essential frontline workers, got their shots first.
Several other states, anticipating the increase in supply, have also thrown open their vaccine administration programs to all.
On Thursday, President Joe Biden announced that after achieving his administration’s 100 million shots within his first 100 days in office, he’s increasing the target to 200 million shots by Apr. 30.
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