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Minnesota seeks gains in COVID-19 workforce vaccinations


March 23, 2021

Carlos Gonzalez, Star Tribune

Stephen Van Zee, 43, of Farmington got a COVID-19 vaccine shot on Wednesday, March 17, at a Thrifty White in Waseca.

Minnesota wants to hasten vaccination of workers at high risk for COVID-19 exposure, adding a permanent state vaccine site in Mankato and two temporary events targeting agriculture and food plant workers in Worthington and Marshall.

Gov. Tim Walz wants 80% of eligible people 16 and older vaccinated, because that could stifle growth of an infectious disease that has caused the hospitalizations of 26,661 Minnesota residents and 6,782 deaths in the state.

With 79% of senior citizens having received the vaccine, state officials said they want to make gains in other vulnerable groups so they can expand vaccine eligibility to even more Minnesotans next month.


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