St. Paul (KMHL) – In a press conference held Tuesday afternoon, Governor Tim Walz announced that the state could have up to 46,800 doses of the Pfizer vaccine by next week. And in the second week, 94,800 vaccines from Moderna is expected. In total, 183,400 doses of the vaccine from both companies are expected by the end of the year. Walz stresses that the numbers for this are unconfirmed and it is based on the most recent forecast from the federal government.

The vaccines will be shipped directly to key hospitals across the state and will be distributed further to clinics. The focus of the first round of vaccines will be “protecting life and health of those most susceptible to serious complications and those who care for them.”

It was determined that both versions of the vaccine will require two doses, roughly a month apart.

Health officials say a decision on giving the vaccine for an emergency use authorization is expected Thursday.