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More than 3 million Minnesotans have had at least 1 vaccine dose

But the state is still short of the 70% adult vaccination rate target.

More than 3 million people in Minnesota have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The state's COVID vaccine dashboard, following Wednesday's update, said 5,979 vaccine doses were administered on Monday, June 14. That pushed the state above the 3-million mark. 

This comes almost six months to the day since Thera Witte, a VA nurse, became the first person in the state to receive the vaccine.

According to the state's figures, 3,005,706 people aged 12 and up have received at least one dose of either the Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. That accounts for 63.9% of the state's 12-plus population. (None of the vaccines have received emergency authorization for use in children 11 or younger.)

Fifty-nine percent of the 12-plus population has completed its vaccine series.

Minnesota ranks 17th among all U.S. states when it comes to adults 18 and up that have received at least one dose, according to the New York Times, and is 13th overall when looking at the vaccination rate among a state's entire population, including ineligible individuals.

Related [June 14]: In 13 Minnesota counties, the adult vaccination rate is below 50%

But Minnesota is still well short of the goal set by Gov. Tim Walz and President Joe Biden: A 70% adult (that's 16-plus) vaccination rate by July 4.

According to APM Research, if Minnesota's pace of vaccinations continues as it has since mid-December, the state will hit the 70% mark in August. If, however, the pace is more in line with how it's been the past two weeks, it may be December before 70% is hit.

The increasing presence of the more-transmissible Delta variant is prompting more urgency among state health leaders. Earlier this week, the Minnesota Department of Health told Bring Me The News the more contagious nature of this variant underscores the importance of vaccinations, which are proving to still be effective against these new strains.

Those who choose not to get vaccinated "allow variants to continue to spread. That’s why it is so important for as many Minnesotans to get vaccinated as possible – to stop the spread of the variants," the department said.

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