Governor Walz Reveals Plans to Rollout Vaccine
By Mark Askelson firstname.lastname@example.org (12/9/20)
St. Paul, MN — Governor Tim Walz and the Minnesota Department of Health on Tuesday announced their plans for the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in the state, which could begin as soon as next week. Just over 183,000 doses of the vaccine will be available to the most essential and vulnerable citizens by the end of the year. The first group to receive the vaccine, Phase 1a, will include health care personnel and long-term care residents. Phase 1b will go to the essential workers, which includes those in the education sector, food and agriculture, police and fire fighters, utility providers, amongst others. And Phase 1c includes adults with high-risk medical conditions and adults over the age of 65.
The Federal government will tell states how much vaccine they get and when get it. A federal committee of experts will prioritize who gets the vaccine in the next phase. A state committee of experts will provide recommendations for how to implement the federal priorities in Minnesota. Once the vaccine is shipped to Minnesota, it will then be shipped directly to key hospitals, or “hubs” across the state. From there it will be distributed further to smaller clinics, or “spokes.”
Governor Walz says the last several months have been a painful experience for the state, but the vaccine is now a start of brighter things to come.
There is a number of obstacles for the state and federal government to overcome to make the roll out of this vaccine successful. Perhaps the biggest of which, according to Walz, is gaining the trust of the people.
The Covid-19 vaccines will not be mandatory, but Walz encourages Minnesotans to do their civic duty for the protection of others.
The distribution of the vaccine will continue well into 2021, so Minnesotans are still being asked to continue all the usual precautions such as wearing masks, social distancing, washing their hands, and avoiding social gatherings.