Minnesota Governor Tim Walz Comments on ‘Vaccine Passports’
KROC News reported last week that over 50,000 Olmsted County residents are now fully vaccinated. If you haven't received your shot and have questions make sure to check out the list at the bottom of this story for answers to 30 commonly asked vaccine questions.
Many people have been wondering if they'll have to show some sort of proof of being vaccinated in order to travel or go to concerts or attend a sporting event in Minnesota. You can read Governor Tim Walz's comments on the controversial topic of "vaccine passports" below.
New York was the first state in the country to introduce a vaccine passport last month. According to the NY Post, "the state’s program dubbed the “Excelsior Pass,” allows New Yorkers to prove their vaccination status, or a recent negative COVID-19 test, in order to gain entry to events and businesses."
Several states are considering similar programs and several others have already shot down the idea.
You most likely won't be required to carry any documentation here in Minnesota. Governor Tim Walz says he's not planning for a required vaccine passport. According to the Pioneer Press, Walz addressed the controversial subject with state and community leaders on Wednesday and said, "I have no intention of doing vaccine passports. Our vaccine passport is, get the shot. Get the shot and get beyond this.”
Meanwhile, the average number of new cases reported across the state has risen from 675 to 1500 new cases each day. However, new cases in the Rochester area have remained fairly steady.
LOOK: Answers to 30 common COVID-19 vaccine questions
While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.