ST. PAUL, Minn. (KTTC) -- Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said based on current projections, the next group of Minnesotans who will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine will begin getting vaccinated in April.
The governor said in a news release on Thursday that once 70% of Minnesota's seniors have been vaccinated, the state will expand eligibility based on workplace exposure risk and underlying health conditions.
According to the state's COVID-19 Vaccine data dashboard, as of Tuesday, 43.5% of Minnesotans age 65 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
The state's current vaccination phase prioritizes health care workers, long-term care residents, educators, child care workers and people 65 years old and older.
“We set out to protect the most vulnerable Minnesotans, and we are honoring that commitment. Older Minnesotans have borne the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic and we are focused on making sure they get vaccinated and keeping them safe," Walz said in a news release. "These vaccines work — we can see that in the plummeting cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in long-term care facilities around our state."
Walz said every Minnesotan should have access to the vaccine by this summer.
“One year into this pandemic, I want to thank Minnesotans for their incredible work rising above and beyond the challenges presented to them and supporting their friends, family and neighbors through one of the most difficult times this state has ever seen,” Walz said. “We can see the finish line and we have the roadmap. I know we can get there together.”