Walz says Minnesota will vaccinate 70% of seniors by end of March

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WKBT) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said Thursday that Minnesota will vaccinate 70% of state’s seniors before moving on to other groups, with the aim to reach that goal by the end of March.

Walz is committed to vaccinating seniors and keeping them safe, he said, before expanding the eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine.

“We set out to protect the most vulnerable Minnesotans, and we are honoring that commitment. Older Minnesotans have borne the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic and we are focused on making sure they get vaccinated and keeping them safe,” said Walz. “These vaccines work — we can see that in the plummeting cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in long-term care facilities around our state. We will continue working with a robust network of providers to vaccinate all Minnesota seniors who need the most protection against COVID-19 right away.”

As of Thursday, Minnesota has vaccinated more than 43% of Minnesotans aged 65 and over. Severe illness and death in our long-term care settings have plummeted as we vaccinated these most at-risk Minnesotans: deaths are down 97% from their November peak, and cases are down 89%.

Walz is expected to address the state at 12:15 p.m. today. Watch it live on the News 8 Now Facebook page.