Governor Tim Walz will participate in a bipartisan, virtual roundtable discussion led by President Joe Biden to highlight the state’s successful vaccination efforts. Minnesota is being recognized by the Biden Administration as one of the top states for its vaccination and COVID-19 response.
Minnesota has led the nation in expanding vaccine access and getting shots into arms, ranking in the top ten states for percent of doses administered. Nearly 90% of Minnesotans age 65 and older and more than 60% of those age 16 and older have received at least one shot.
The Walz-Flanagan Administration says they have also launched innovative strategies to prioritize equity in the vaccine rollout, including direct allocation of doses to federally qualified health centers and a first-of-its-kind data partnership with healthcare providers to track and report vaccine equity. To ensure vaccine is going to historically underserved areas of the state, Minnesota is directing 40% of its doses to the most socially vulnerable zip codes over the next four weeks.
National surveys show Minnesotans are among the most enthusiastic Americans to roll up their sleeves and get their COVID-19 vaccine. The Walz-Flanagan Administration says they are pioneering creative ways to bring the vaccine to where Minnesotans are and make it convenient and accessible for families to get their shots.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, Minnesota has the fewest COVID-19 deaths per capita of states in the Midwest. The Census Bureau also ranked Minnesota the best state for children during the pandemic.