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Economic Assistance & Vaccines

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Rep. Nelson

Dear Neighbors, 

I hope you and yours are staying healthy this holiday season. The way we gather with our loved ones might look quite a bit different this year, but as we continue to sacrifice for the wellbeing of our community, there is light at the end of the tunnel for this pandemic.

Happy Holidays

The first vaccines are being administered in our state and new economic assistance is on its way. You can read about that and more in this latest legislative update. 


The First Round of COVID Vaccines

Before the vaccine's arrival in our state, Governor Walz announced Minnesota’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan. Keeping speed, equity, and safety in mind - the plan was made in partnership with the federal government to ensure we’re making the most of the limited supply we’ll have for now. 

The first to receive the vaccine in Minnesota will be health care workers and long-term care residents, followed by essential workers, seniors, and people with preexisting conditions that are more likely to become seriously ill with this virus. While the arrival of the vaccine is incredibly good news, we’re still a long way from it becoming available to all who want one. In the meantime, it’s important that we continue adhering to the public health guidelines that have kept our communities safe - social distancing, hand washing, wearing a mask, and getting tested when we feel sick


Economic Assistance for Working Families and Small Businesses

Last week, the Minnesota Legislature finally passed a bipartisan package of legislation aimed at providing a lifeline to our state’s small businesses and working families. 

This isn’t a perfect, fix-all solution, but it does provide a lifeline for those struggling to get by until federal relief can arrive. The bill includes a 13-week extension of unemployment insurance and direct financial support for businesses. The Department of Revenue estimates that 5,800 small businesses will receive $82-88 million beginning before the end of the year. Another $114.5 million will be distributed to counties to provide grants to impacted businesses, and movie theaters and convention centers will receive $14 million. 

More information on what’s in the bill can be found here, and the specifics on eligible businesses, program requirements, and payment amounts here.


Stay Connected

The 2021 Legislative Session starts on January 5. Minnesota’s COVID-19 Dashboard remains a great source for accurate, updated information, and the Stay Safe webpage covers the resources available to the public as we work to reopen Minnesota safely.

If you have any questions about our work in the Minnesota House next year, please feel free to contact me at (651) 296-3751 or



Rep. Michael V. Nelson