St. Paul (LEARFIELD)  —  Governor Tim Walz made it official today that all Minnesotans age 16 and older will be eligible for the COVID vaccine starting next Tuesday.  The governor’s spokesman says it comes as the federal government has promised an increased supply of vaccines by April.  The State Health Department’s Kris Ehresmann says that would mean for us in terms of new people that could get vaccinated each week, it ends up being about 304 thousand doses coming in, both through our federal retail pharmacy streams as well as the allocation that comes to Minnesota.  The Walz-administration will direct providers to prioritize vaccine appointments for older Minnesotans, those with underlying health conditions, and front-line workers.