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New pop-up COVID-19 vaccination site opens inside Minnesota airport

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KTTC) -- As the fight against COVID-19 continues, another location for Minnesotans to get vaccinated opened at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Tuesday.

Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan were excited to make Tuesday's announcement, hoping to give Minnesota travelers an easy and convenient way to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

"It feels a lot better when you get on that plane, to know that the person next to you is vaccinated," Walz said. "And this is to make sure everybody who wants to can do that."

The temporary pop-up vaccination site is located inside Terminal 1 at MSP.

"And while it's easy to maybe forget a toothbrush or an extra pair of socks, we make it super easy for folks to get vaccinated," Flanagan said. "Literally as the governor said, you walk right in, get your shot, wait for 15 minutes and then be on your way."

The one and done Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be available any day of the week for travelers 18 years of age and older.

No insurance or appointments are required and there is no cost to get the vaccine.

"With high vaccine rates, there have been fewer cases, fewer hospitalizations, fewer deaths, and fewer people whose lives are changed forever by this virus," Flanagan said.

But, even as we near the 70 percent vaccination goal for herd immunity, Walz is continuing to push for more Minnesotans to get the shot.

"A lot of the things that we love to do like travel, see our relatives, vacations, graduations, and everything else are now back in reach," Walz said. "We've got some more work to do. So, I think folks may get a little tired of this, but I'm going to hammer on folks to get this vaccine. We'll bring it to you, we'll make it easy, lets push that number above that 70 percent number and let us get back to normal."

Walz said about 5,000 people have taken advantage of the incentives that, right now, come with getting the vaccine.

"Folks said they can get free state fair tickets, they can get $25 gift certificates, I think we'll just keep pushing them and we'll keep going door to door," said Walz.

We also learned about a positive milestone. Walz said, as of Tuesday, the number of positive COVID-19 cases in the state is the lowest it's been since March 27 of last year.

Sarah Gannon

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