Governor Tim Walz of Minnesota is encouraging residents to get vaccinated against both the flu and COVID-19. While Governor Walz hoped to receive both vaccines on Tuesday, he was only able to get a flu shot as the new COVID-19 vaccine is not yet widely available in the state.
Getting vaccinated is particularly important during this time of year. According to Governor Walz, the COVID-19 vaccine has been shown to reduce the severity of symptoms and long-term COVID complications. It also lowers the viral load, making it more difficult for the virus to spread from one person to another.
The new COVID-19 vaccine is specifically targeted at the most common variant currently circulating in the United States. It received FDA approval last week and is now being distributed to pharmacies and clinics.
Minnesota’s Health Commissioner, Dr. Brooke Cunningham, emphasized that September and October are optimal months for vaccination. She urged residents to make a plan for themselves and their families to get vaccinated. Governor Walz hopes that Minnesotans will put politics aside and consult with their healthcare providers to make an informed decision based on the science behind the vaccines.
It is important to note that the cost of both the flu shot and the COVID-19 vaccine should be covered by health insurance. However, the free vaccination program offered by the federal government ended when the public health emergency was lifted in May.
In conclusion, Governor Walz is urging Minnesotans to prioritize their health by getting vaccinated against the flu and COVID-19. By doing so, individuals can protect themselves, reduce the transmission of the virus, and contribute to the well-being of the entire community.
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