We’re currently on track to vaccinate 70% of Minnesotans age 65 and older by the end of this month, a crucial milestone that’ll better protect some of those hardest hit by this virus. Once that goal is reached, the next phase of Minnesota’s vaccine timeline can begin, and we’ll start vaccinating people with certain underlying health conditions and those who are at a high risk for workplace exposure. This plan has the general public receiving the vaccine this summer.
But even since this timeline was released, we’ve received more good news on vaccine production and distribution. The approval of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is adding another effective option to help meet demand, and President Biden recently announced a partnership between drug manufacturers that will get this new vaccine to Americans faster, making it possible for every adult in the US to get their first dose by the end of May.
This latest news could mean a forthcoming update to Minnesota’s vaccine timeline, but the best way to stay connected to when and where you can get the vaccine is the Vaccine Connector. Be sure to sign up and encourage your loved ones to do the same! If we do this right, a fun and healthy summer is within our reach.
Minnesota is recovering, but not equally
Last week, Minnesota’s Management and Budget released the latest budget and economic forecast for our state, showing a $1.6 billion positive fund balance - which is quite the change from the $1.27 billion deficit that was predicted last year. While this is good news, and shows parts of our economy are beginning to bounce back, I know that this recovery is not shared by many of the families and businesses in our community.