Vaccinations urged ahead of holidays as COVID-19 fills Minnesota hospitals
December 10, 2021
Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday urged more COVID-19 vaccinations ahead of the holidays to confront a pandemic wave that is pushing hospitals beyond capacity and causing more infection in schools and communities.
State leaders acknowledged that vaccination appointments are becoming scarce, partly because of a shortage of health care providers to administer shots, but they urged people to be persistent and get their shots to reduce the risks of severe illness and hospitalization.
"Don't take up a [hospital] bed because you're unvaccinated," said Walz, speaking at Century College, where a vaccination event provided first doses and boosters to 500 people.