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Gov. Walz to share the state's COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan in Tuesday address

Healthcare workers and the elderly will likely be first in line.

Gov. Tim Walz will discuss how COVID-19 vaccines will be distributed in Minnesota during an address Tuesday afternoon. 

A news release says Walz and members of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) will discuss the distribution plan. Then, they along with state legislative leaders will hold a press conference with reporters. 

The address is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. You can watch it live on the governor's YouTube page here

In October, MDH revealed its likely plan for COVID-19 vaccines, saying the most at-risk would be prioritized and irrespective of a resident's situation, the vaccine would be free. 

Healthcare workers and long-term care staff, who have been on the frontlines of the battle with COVID, will be among the first in line for the vaccine, as well as other essential workers and critical employees, MDH said earlier this fall. 

This mirrors the federal vaccine guidelines, which says healthcare workers and the elderly, especially those living in congregate care settings, should be first in line, followed by frontline workers like police officers, firefighters, and other law enforcement. 

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Meanwhile, state Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-East Gull Lake, said "essential" state Capitol staff should get priority after healthcare workers and the elderly for the vaccine. These comments drew criticism from some DFL lawmakers who criticized Gazelka's prior reluctance to wear face masks on the Senate floor and his role in an outbreak among GOPers following the November election.

It's unclear if Gazelka will be among the legislative leaders at Tuesday's press conference. 

Are you curious where you'd be in line to get a vaccine? The New York Times published an interactive resource that asks you for a few details (age, if you're a health care worker or essential worker, if you have COVID-related health risks, the county in which you live) to determine where you may be in line for a vaccine.

Try it here. (Note: These are estimates and where you are in "line" could be shorter and the order is not finalized yet.)

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