St. Paul (LEARFIELD)  —  On Tuesday morning, the Walz administration announced they are expanding the list of those eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine — emphasizing that people 65 and over, health care workers, and nursing home residents who have not yet been vaccinated still have top priority.

“This is a good day of Minnesotans.” Governor Tim Walz said, “We’re ready now to expand to the next group of folks. The new lane is added to the highway and it’s gonna mean a whole lot of you out there.”

The next two phases for vaccine eligibility include two groups: those with underlying conditions that put them at particular risk, plus targeted essential workers — specifically those in food-processing plants.  The second group will be people 45 and older with one or more underlying health conditions identified by the C-D-C — and people 16 and older with two or more underlying medical conditions.