Boozhoo, aaniin, I’m Cole Premo, here’s your Daily Update.
With the end of May in sight, over 2.5 million Minnesotans are fully vaccinated from COVID-19. It’s one of many positive signs being observed at this stage in the pandemic, but there’s still work to do.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz marked the milestone recently, saying he is deeply grateful for those 2.5 million Minneostans who completed their vaccine series. It means over 53% of the state’s eligible population, including 12 to 15 year olds, have completed their vaccine series.
Along with the announcement, the governor also touted a New York Times analysis that found new cases of the virus in Minnesota have dropped nearly 50% from May 10 through May 24, which is faster than all but six other states in that timeframe.
The state’s positivity rate and hospitalizations also continue to steadily decline.
While there’s been strong progress, Gov. Walz and health experts say more people need to be vaccinated. So, the state is making it easier and easier, with more vaccines being provided before sports events, and there are six retrofitted mobile vaccination buses bringing doses directly to communities. Plus, all the state’s community vaccination sites are offering walk-in appointments.
Those who want to search by vaccine type can go to Vaccines.gov.
I’m Cole Premo. Quickly before I go, this is the last scheduled COVID-19 daily update for now and I just wanted to say it’s been a pleasure and privilege providing information to you, and Minnesota’s communities.
Make sure to check out more of my content, and the work of many other talented people, at Minnesota Native News at MNnativenews.org.
Stay safe and be well!
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