First Johnson & Johnson vaccines arrive in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WKBT) — The first shipments of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccines have arrived in Minnesota, according to Gov. Tim Walz.

Walz met one of the first shipments Wednesday. Minnesota expects to receive 45,2000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week.

“This is an exciting development. We now have three vaccines available that are safe and highly effective in preventing severe disease, hospitalization, and death,” said Walz. “The Johnson & Johnson vaccine will help our state quickly provide immunity and get us one step closer to ending this pandemic. We know we need broad community protection before we can get back to the normal, enjoyable parts of life we have missed, and the way we get there is by getting as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible. Everyone who has the opportunity to get this shot should take it.”

Minnesota providers have administered more than 1.4 million doses to almost 930,000 Minnesotans. More than 54% of Minnesotans 65 and older and 56% of K-12 educators and child care workers have gotten at least their first dose.