Skip to main content

Walz, Pawlenty to get Johnson & Johnson vaccine as Minnesota opens availability to all

The Democrat and Republican will receive their vaccine dose Tuesday afternoon.
Tim Walz, Tim Pawlenty

Minnesota's Democrat Governor Tim Walz and Republican former Governor Tim Pawlenty will receive their COVID-19 vaccines together on the day all adults in the state become eligible for the shots.

The governor's office has arranged a press call for 2 p.m. that will see Walz and Pawlenty receive the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine "side-by-side."

Tuesday marks the first day that all Minnesotans over the age of 16 are eligible to receive vaccines, with an expected increase in supply 

Walz and Pawlenty have elected to receive the J&J vaccine, which was the third shot to be approved by the FDA. Based on testing in the United States so far, it has 100% efficacy at preventing hospitalization and death from the COVID-19 virus.

With Pawlenty alongside him, Walz is hoping to encourage as many Minnesotans as possible to get their vaccine, which comes after recent polls have suggested a partisan divide in who is choosing to get their shot.

A recent KSTP survey found that 50% of Minnesotans who identified as Republican said they would not get the vaccine, despite former President Donald Trump recently encouraging them to do so.

And the divide is evident among politicians too, with the Star Tribune recently surveying all 201 state legislators, along with statewide officials and members of Minnesota's congressional delegation to ask if they have been/would get vaccinated.

"Few Republican lawmakers responded, some citing privacy concerns," the newspaper noted, whereas more than 50 DFL lawmakers responded, "some enthusiastically talking about the need to be vaccinated."

Sign up: Subscribe to our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

Next Up

police lights

Woman in critical condition after attempted murder, authorities say

A 33-year-old woman is in custody and facing possible charges.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Charges: Driver threw 'large rocks' at police car during highway chase

Authorities say the suspect had used methamphetamine earlier in the day.

covid, coronavirus

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, January 21

Hospitalizations dipped from 1,629 Jan. 19 to 1,571 on Jan. 20.

minneapolis police

Shooting near University of Minnesota kills 1, injures 2

The victims were all in a parked car when the shooting happened, police said.

canada bodies found 2

Florida man charged with human smuggling after 4 die, 5 rescued near border

A baby and an teenage boy were among those who were found dead feet from the U.S. border.

Screen Shot 2022-01-21 at 8.42.40 AM

Man shot while driving on I-394 in St. Louis Park

The driver and his bullet-riddled SUV wound up outside the DoubleTree hotel in St. Louis Park.

Mall of America

Mall of America to celebrate 30 years with events, giveaways throughout 2022

The festivities will kick off Friday with a '90s-themed drag show.

Screen Shot 2022-01-21 at 7.29.00 AM

Victim of 1994 Michigan cold case murder ID'd as missing Minnesotan

Shelley Rae Kephart went missing from Hennepin County more than 28 years ago.

Mike Zimmer

Coller: Did the Vikings wait too long to fire Zimmer, Spielman?

This wasn’t just ugly. This was ugly, ugly.

walz flanagan lorie shaull flickr

Gov. proposes 'Walz Checks' for most Minnesotans

The governor wants to use $700 million of the state's surplus to fund the payments.

Hutch crash booking photo

Walz, Flanagan call on Hennepin Co. sheriff to resign

"I would say that it is time for him to resign," the Lt. Gov. said.


covid, vaccine

Vaccines for all: Walz says at-risk Minnesotans should still be prioritized

All Minnesota adults will be able to get COVID vaccines starting Tuesday.

covid, vaccine

Walz: Vaccines available to all Minnesota adults from March 30

Minnesota's vaccine supply is set to increase rapidly.

Screen Shot 2021-02-25 at 12.22.09 PM

Walz sets target to get 80% of Minnesotan adults vaccinated

He has challenged Minnesotans to get their shots.


Watch live: Gov. Tim Walz announces COVID-19 vaccine changes

Vaccines will be made available to all adults from Tuesday.

Tim Walz - YouTube - Screengrab

Gov. Walz: Newly-vaccinated Minnesotans will get $100

The incentive was announced shortly after President Biden announced the initiative.


Gov. Tim Walz to announce COVID vaccine next steps on Tuesday

Minnesota is nearing the 70% vaccinated target for over-65s.

tim walz

Walz fury after report that government's COVID vaccine reserve is nonexistent

The Washington Post reported Friday that the Trump Administration has shipped out all the vaccines it has already, with none in reserve.