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Minnesota officially passes 1 million doses of COVID vaccine administered

Of those, almost 300,000 Minnesotans have received two doses.
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Minnesota has passed 1 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered since the rollout began.

The Minnesota Department of Health announced Friday morning that the state has reached 1,016,210 doses.

Of those, 728,081 have received one dose and 286,543 Minnesotans have received the two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines required for full effectiveness, while the state is now administering 29,705 doses a day on average.

This means roughly 13% of Minnesota's population has had at least one dose, and around 5% have had both.

Minnesota's vaccine rate has accelerated in recent weeks, with Gov. Tim Walz last month ordering the state's vaccine providers to use the bulk of their doses within three days, or face losing allocations in the future.

“This is a milestone day. Minnesotans have received 1 million doses of these safe, effective, live-saving vaccines,” Gov. Walz said Friday. “Every time a Minnesotan gets their shot, they are protecting themselves and moving our entire state closer to ending this pandemic.

"We still need more vaccine from the federal government and we have a long road ahead, but we can truly see the light at the end of the tunnel."

Thus far, the majority of vaccines have been prioritized for healthcare workers, those in long-term care, and education and childcare workers.

On Thursday, the State of Minnesota launched the Vaccine Connector service, which informs people when they're eligible to receive a vaccine and when one is available nearby.

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