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Walz: New large-scale community vaccination site to launch in Rochester

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has announced that a new large-scale vaccination site will launch this week in Rochester.

Walz said the permanent site will be the third in the state, following the launch of sites in Minneapolis and Duluth last week.

The Rochester vaccination site is set to serve about 1,500 Minnesotans who are 65 years old and older in the first week.

“We’re building a reliable network of options for Minnesotans to access the vaccine,” Walz said in a news release. “Today, we are expanding that network in southern Minnesota to give more Minnesotans access to shots where they live, so we can crush COVID-19 and get back to business as usual.”

According to the news release, more than 220,000 Minnesotans who are 65 years old or older have registered for the state's vaccine registry. Those who haven't been selected yet will remain on the list and continue to have the opportunity to schedule an appointment at the community vaccination sites. Find more vaccine resources here.

“We still need more supply, but we have to be ready when the federal government ramps up to meet the demand,” Walz said. “Just as Minnesota is leading in testing, we are leading in community vaccination. We will be ready to continue expanding access until every Minnesotan has the opportunity to receive the vaccine, regardless of where they live.”

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