Walz: All Minnesotans eligible for vaccine starting Tuesday

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WKBT) — All Minnesotans age 16 and up will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine beginning Tuesday, according to Gov. Tim Walz.

Walz credits an additional supply of vaccine from the federal government for the expansion. He said expanding eligiblity will give providers the flexibility to fill appointments and get as many Minnesotans vaccinated as possible.

“Minnesotans have done a remarkable job helping our most vulnerable get vaccinated and waiting their turn. Now, as we prepare to receive more vaccine heading into April, it’s time for all Minnesotans to get in line,” said Walz in a statement. “Minnesota has been leading the nation in getting shots into arms, and we plan to continue that leadership. By expanding eligibility to all Minnesotans, we will give providers the flexibility they need to keep getting shots into arms quickly, efficiently, and equitably.”

Walz is scheduled to speak at 11:30 a.m. Friday about the expansion. Watch it live on the News 8 Now Facebook page. You can also refresh this page after 11:30 a.m.