Minnesota surpasses 3 million COVID-19 vaccinations administered

A nurse prepares a dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against the new coronavirus to be injected at the Andras Josa Teaching Hospital in Nyiregyhaza, Hungary, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. Photo: AP/ Attila Balazs/MTI. A nurse prepares a dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against the new coronavirus to be injected at the Andras Josa Teaching Hospital in Nyiregyhaza, Hungary, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021.

Josh Skluzacek
Created: April 08, 2021 11:42 AM

Thursday, Minnesota officially surpassed 3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses being administered across the state.

Gov. Tim Walz noted the milestone came exactly three weeks after the state reach the milestone of 2 million doses administered.

"With the trees budding and the bats cracking at Target Field this afternoon, three million doses in arms is a significant indication of our continued progress toward ending this pandemic," Walz said. "This was our fastest million doses yet and, with fans in the stands at Target Field, the signs are all around us – spring has arrived, normalcy is near, and we are going to end this pandemic. As we continue our critical work to immunize for impact and prioritize our most vulnerable neighbors, it's important we continue to protect each other from the virus – keep that mask up, socially distance, and get tested when needed."

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"As the pace of vaccination rises, we are doubling down on our efforts to ensure that every Minnesotan who wants a vaccine can get one" Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan added. "We are partnering directly with communities across the state to distribute vaccines quickly and equitably. We cannot let our guard down now, but we are almost to the other side of this pandemic."

Walz's office said Minnesota leads the country in doses administered.

The news comes as Minnesota's new COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths continue to rise. Thursday, the state reported 14 new COVID-related deaths and 2,535 new cases.


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