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5th Minnesota county clears 70% adult vaccination rate

Another 18 counties are closing in on the mark.

The adult vaccination rate in Minnesota continues its slow climb.

In five counties now, 70% of those aged 16 and up have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination, according to the latest data available Friday afternoon. Those counties are:

  • Cook - 80.9%
  • Olmsted - 76.6%
  • Hennepin - 74.1%
  • Ramsey - 72.2%
  • Washington - 70.1%

Gov. Tim Walz has set 70% as the target adult vaccination rate statewide, a threshold he's hoping to hit by July 1.

This week, his administration revealed perks for those who get vaccinated as a way to incentivize a higher adoption rate. That includes a list of nine freebies new vaccine recipients can select from, as well as free or discounted drinks at some breweries, distilleries and wineries across the state for people who show proof of vaccination. (See the list here.)

Which counties are close to 70%?

There is some variance in county-by-county vaccination rates. Many remain in the 50%-60% range, though 15 are still between 40% and 50%. The county with the lowest adult vaccination rate is Todd, at 36.6%.

But 18 counties are in the 60% range and climbing. They are:

  • Dakota, Houston - 68.9%
  • Carlton, Carver - 68.7%
  • Scott - 67.4%
  • Big Stone - 66.6%
  • Fillmore - 66%
  • Wabasha - 64.9%
  • Goodhue - 64.5%
  • Lake - 64.3%
  • Brown - 64.2%
  • St. Louis - 63.9%
  • Mahnomen - 63.4%
  • Nicollet - 62.3%
  • Mower - 61.1%
  • Dodge - 61%
  • Rice - 60.9%
  • Red Lake - 60%

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