Governor Walz Tours COVID-19 Vaccination Site at Wayzata High School
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz is among a handful of governors calling on the federal government to increase vaccine shipments to states. Friday, he visited Wayzata High School in Plymouth, one of the vaccination sites for first responders.
“I just want to see a little of how this looks, how the vaccine comes in, how it happens, how someone comes in and gets vaccinating and then the record keeping side of it,” Walz said.
Hennepin County Public Health officials have been administering the Moderna version of the COVID-19 vaccine all week at Wayzata High School.
Recipients of the vaccine include first responders with EMT certifications from 46 local departments.
Officials say more than 1,300 people received their vaccinations this week between vaccine clinic sites at Wayzata High School and Eden Prairie High School.
And as of Friday, the Minnesota Department of Health reports that more than 104,000 Minnesotans have received the first dose of the vaccination.
State officials say they’d like to vaccinate more people, but Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm says that right now, Minnesota is only getting 65,000 doses of vaccine per week.
“I would just ask Minnesotans, it’s going to take a little bit of patience, but I think your sense of urgency is healthy and right, and we feel it too,” Walz said.
Friday is the last day Hennepin County is doing this round of vaccinations for first responders at Wayzata High School.
Those who received their vaccine this week will receive their second and final dose 28 days later.