Minnesota vaccine pace now short of July 1 goal
June 8, 2021
Minnesota is on pace to fall just short of its goal to provide COVID-19 vaccine to 70% of people 16 and older by July 1 - despite new incentives to boost interest and new evidence that the shots prevent viral transmission and reduce the severity of illness.
Nearly 3 million people 12 and older have received some vaccine in the state, but the seven-day rolling average of new recipients per day has fallen to 6,203. While the pace could pick up, Minnesota needs to provide more than 8,000 first doses per day - just among people 16 and older - to reach its goal.
Gov. Tim Walz chose the goal based on scientific guidance that a 70% vaccination rate would stifle spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. At at event Friday in Rochester, the governor commended people in Olmsted County, where almost 80% of those 16 and older have received vaccine.