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Minnesota set to jump ahead on boosters

Minnesota has nation's second-highest new coronavirus infection rate while lower testing means South Dakota has nation's highest positivity rate


November 19, 2021

Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune

Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Gov. Tim Walz elbow bumped after receiving their COVID-19 booster vaccines last month at Cub Foods in Minneapolis.

Minnesota is set to offer COVID-19 vaccine boosters to all adults in response to the worsening pandemic wave and a state infection rate that remains one of the highest in the nation.

State health leaders said the expansion will address waning immunity in early vaccine recipients that is increasing viral exposure risks. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will consider the expansion Friday, but Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said the state would act this week regardless of federal guidance.

"Given the alarming surge in COVID cases that Minnesota is facing as we head indoors for the winter and gather for the holidays, this protection is important and timely," the Minnesota Department of Health said in a statement.


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