Minnesota governors unite over COVID-19 vaccine available for all
March 31, 2021
Gov. Tim Walz and former Gov. Tim Pawlenty received COVID-19 vaccine shots Tuesday to boost public confidence and interest - though that was hardly the issue for many Minnesotans on the first day in which everyone 16 and older was eligible.
Social media was atwitter Tuesday with Minnesotans venting about a lack of available doses, sharing tricks to gain access on pharmacy websites, and struggling with their consciences over whether to lie about their health to secure appointments.
While Tuesday's expansion added only 900,000 people to an existing pool of 3.5 million, Walz said he knew it would create a surge of interest in vaccination against a pandemic that has caused 517,881 diagnosed infections and 6,836 COVID-19 deaths in Minnesota.