The 1.9 trillion-dollar federal pandemic relief package will channel billions of dollars to Minnesota aimed at helping with vaccine rollout.
The state is receiving $7.5 billion for vaccines. This is to ensure that everyone who wants a vaccine can get one, even if they don’t have insurance.
Federal funds will also help with distribution of vaccinations. Minnesota can use the money to open more state vaccination sites and get the vaccine out to pharmacies. This will make it easier for many to get access to a vaccine, without driving distances or ending up on long wait lists.
As of mid-March, nearly a quarter of Minnesotans had received at least one dose.
Governor Tim Walz has already expanded eligibility for COVID vaccinations. He says all adults will be eligible by May 1st.
Though eligible, you may still have to wait to get access to the vaccine. It all depends on how much vaccine the federal government is able to allocate to Minnesota over the coming weeks and months.