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Minnesota reaches vaccination mark of 3 million residents

Minnesota reaches vaccination mark of 3 million residents

Updated: June 16, 2021 04:28 PM
Created: June 16, 2021 03:57 PM

On Wednesday, more than 3 million Minnesotans have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the milestone comes as Minnesota’s COVID-19 outlook continues to improve and the state reports the lowest number of new cases and hospitalizations since the earliest weeks of the pandemic. 

The last two days the state reported fewer than 100 new cases in a day for the first time since April 2020. Since December, nearly all new cases and hospitalizations have occurred in unvaccinated Minnesotans. 

UPDATED STATE STATS: Minnesota COVID-19 Update Wednesday

“Our COVID-19 numbers are at their lowest since the earliest days of the pandemic and life is getting back to normal because Minnesotans rolled up their sleeves and the vaccines work,” Governor Walz said in a press release. “The vaccines are driving down cases and keeping Minnesotans out of the hospital. I am grateful for everyone who has gotten their shot and done their part to keep the virus from spreading — they are the reason we can safely gather together again, go out to eat at our favorite restaurants, hear live music, and cheer in the stadiums.”

The state continues to encourage Minnesotans to get vaccinated and is working to make vaccines available to all who want them through community vaccination events and other opportunities. For more information on vaccination data and vaccination opportunities near you, visit COVID-19 Vaccinations.

Minnesotans who receive their first dose between May 27 — June 30 are eligible for a free reward through the ‘Your Shot to Summer’ campaign. All Minnesotans who have gotten at least one vaccine dose can get a free or discounted drink at establishments participating in the ‘Cheers to the Vaccine’ campaign. 

Walk-ins are accepted at all state COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program sites, including the two newest sites offering Johnson & Johnson to travelers and others at MSP International Airport.

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