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Minnesota vaccine pace now short of July 1 goal


Anthony Soufflé, Star Tribune

Savior Allen-Knight received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from Hy-Vee pharmacist Karla Marz during the free COVID-19 vaccination event last month at Hamline University in St. Paul.

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.


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