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Health officials: Young and healthy should still get vaccine

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) — We’ve been up and down the streets of Rochester and found there is still a lot of skepticism when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccines.

Some we spoke with said they didn’t like that the vaccines were fast-tracked. Others said they weren’t going to get a shot because they were young and healthy.

State leaders are calling for everyone to get vaccinated.

“We’ve made it a priority to get as many Minnesotans vaccinated as quickly as possible,” Gov. Tim Walz said Wednesday.

But is everyone going to listen to the governor?

“I understand this. There’s certainly parts of the state if I tell them to take it, that’s not going to be helpful,” he said.

So, what are health experts saying?

“The more people who are vaccinated, there will be less people who are symptomatically or asymptomatically carrying COVID-19,” Dr. Abinash Virk of Mayo Clinic said.

“When we start talking about herd immunity, that conversation shifts a little bit to something similar we were talking about with masks. You want to get the vaccine for you, but we want to achieve herd immunity, so we can protect our community,” Graham Briggs said.

Briggs is the Olmsted County Medical Center Executive Director.

“Since the younger group is the largest group spreading COVID-19, it’s really important for them to ultimately get vaccinated,” Dr. Virk said.

There are some billboards in Rochester encouraging people to not get vaccinated. Dr. Virk addressed those.

“We saw that billboard before we even started vaccinating. We are trying as much as possible to dispel the myths and misinformation related to these vaccines We have information on the website. We encourage people to go to CDC, MDH’s website to learn more about these vaccines,” she said.

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