Minnesota reaches 70% vaccination goal in people 16 and older
Delta variant has pushed positivity rate above 5% in testing for COVID-19
August 13, 2021
Roughly 70% of Minnesotans 16 and older have received at least first doses of COVID-19 vaccine, more than a month after Gov. Tim Walz's initial July 1 goal but still before the peak of a fourth pandemic wave in the state.
Walz thanked Minnesotans for getting shots and reducing the threat of viral spread in the state and urged others to get vaccinated as soon as possible. A fast-spreading delta coronavirus variant has caused an uptick in COVID-19 levels in Minnesota, where the positivity rate of diagnostic testing has risen from 1.1% to 5.1% over the past month and the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations has increased from 90 to 377.
"While we are making progress, there is no time to waste in making sure every Minnesotan who can get the shot does so," Walz said in a statement. "It will save lives."