Skip to main content Skip to office menu Skip to footer
Capital IconMinnesota Legislature

Legislative News and Views - Rep. Heather Edelson (DFL)

Back to profile

Minnesota's COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution Plan

Monday, December 14, 2020

Rep. Edelson


Dear Neighbors,

Early this morning, Minnesota received its very first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine. The shipments arrived today at four sites across the state: Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, Olmsted Medical Center, and Cass Lake Indian Health Services. 

Throughout the week, Minnesota is expected to receive a total of 46,800 units of vaccine across the statewide regional vaccine distribution hubs. From there, the vaccine will be distributed to smaller hospitals or clinics, and providers will then administer the vaccine to Minnesotans, starting by protecting the life and health of those most susceptible to serious complications and those who care for them.




Last week, the Governor announced Minnesota’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan. The goal is to quickly, equitably, and safely deliver the vaccine to Minnesotans in partnership with the federal government and local communities in every corner of the state. 

Health care workers and long-term care residents will be the first to receive the vaccine, followed by essential workers, seniors, and people with preexisting conditions who are more likely to become seriously ill if they contract the virus. The vaccine, which won’t be mandatory, will be provided to Minnesotans at no cost. You can find more information about Minnesota’s vaccine distribution plan here.

The arrival of a vaccine is good news, but this process will require time and patience. In the meantime, it’s important to do our part to protect each other by wearing masks, social distancing, staying home when possible, and getting tested if feeling sick.


New Leadership Appointment

I’m pleased to share that I’ve been elected as one of the Assistant Majority Leaders in the Minnesota House of Representatives. As the Civility Caucus Co-Chair, I’m committed to working with all of my colleagues- Democrats and Republicans- urban, suburban and rural- to find common ground and a balanced approach to move Minnesota forward.

There is far more that unites us than divides us, and I’m looking forward to contributing my skills and bipartisan record to the legislative process, so we can continue to make progress on improving the lives of Minnesotans across the state.

Keep in Touch

Please continue to contact me anytime at or 651-296-4363 with questions, ideas, or to let me know how I can be of assistance.

Thank you for the honor of serving our Edina residents and families in the Minnesota Legislature.


Heather Edelson

State Representative