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Walz: Since ‘Vax to School’ campaign more than 46K students received first COVID vaccine dose

Sep 14, 2021 05:48AM ● By Editor
By Molly Wasche of KBJR-TV - September 13, 2021

Minnesota is the current leader in the Midwest as far as reported student vaccinations.

According to Governor Tim Walz’s office, more than 46,000 students 12-17 years old have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine since the launch of the State’s ‘Vax to School’ campaign.

Since July 28, the percentage of Minnesotans 12-15 years old with at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose has increased from 42% to 54.6%.

For 16-17-year-olds, the rate has increased from 54.2% to 60.5%. Minnesota is leading the Midwest in reported student vaccinations, as the Walz-Flanagan Administration continues to work to raise vaccination rates and recently released new updates to Minnesota’s first-in-the-nation statewide education testing program.

“As governor, a teacher for 20 years, and a dad — I know how important it is that we do everything within our power to set our children up for a safe and healthy school year,” said Governor Walz.

“From the historic investments in education made in our COVID-19 Recovery Budget, to free and expanded testing options for every school in the state, I want Minnesota families to know our administration has your back. Minnesota has come together and done good work protecting our state so far, but there’s more to do. For the sake of our students: we need all eligible Minnesotans vaccinated. If you have not done so yet, get your free COVID-19 vaccine to keep our kids in school and parents at work this fall and winter.”

Last winter, Minnesota was one of the first states in the nation to expand eligibility to teachers and child care workers on January 19.

Minnesota currently leads the Midwest in the percentage of adolescents fully vaccinated, among states reporting demographic data.

“Our children deserve a school year that is as safe, healthy, and fun as possible,” said Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. “The way we help give that to them is simple: by every eligible Minnesotan getting vaccinated. Our students have been so resilient throughout this pandemic, but now is the time to step up and stop any unnecessary spread. If you are unvaccinated but eligible, get your shot today. Our children need you.”

The Walz-Flanagan Administration continues to encourage students, their families, and all Minnesotans to get fully vaccinated for the best protection against COVID-19 infection.

They are making their rounds, visiting Minnesota schools to encourage those over 12 to get vaccinated.

So far they’ve been to Blaine, Rochester, and Northfield.

To see the original report and see related stories, follow this link to the KBJR-TV website.

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