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70% vaccination target could shift Minnesota's COVID-19 response


Elizabeth Flores, Star Tribune

Evangelina de Santiago, with daughter Alyssa, got a COVID-19 shot from Carol Brown at a mobile vaccine clinic outside a Richfield apartment complex last month.

A relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions is expected to be announced Thursday along with a 70% vaccination target that could trigger significant reductions in remaining mitigation strategies in Minnesota.

Gov. Tim Walz declined to give specifics at a public appearance Tuesday, but in previous events he has said the next incremental changes would likely involve expanded capacity limits for businesses and entertainment venues. He predicted a "very normal looking summer" if Minnesota can proceed from a rate of 59% of eligible people who have received some vaccine to 70%, perhaps in June.

"Minnesotans have done what was asked," Walz said. "We out-vaccinated that surge where hospitals were getting overwhelmed in states like Michigan and now in Oregon. It didn't happen in Minnesota because we're still doing the mitigation efforts and we're still vaccinating. ... The projections look incredibly good."


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