Governor Walz announced a new “Celebrate Safely, Minnesota” campaign, a coordinated, statewide effort to help Minnesotans access the resources they need to celebrate as safely as they can this holiday season. In addition to testing and vaccine events, the campaign will help Minnesotans find a test, vaccine, or booster and highlight why each step is critical to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Governor Tim Walz recently announced the state secured an additional 1 million at-home rapid test kits for schools and child care providers to distribute directly to Minnesota families in advance of the holiday season. Minnesota expects to receive the tests before the end of the year.
The Governor has also made boosters more accessible to Minnesota families.
The state is encouraging Minnesotans to take the following steps:
- Get Vaccinated. Minnesotans age 5 and up can be vaccinated. Vaccines are the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones this holiday season—especially those who can’t be vaccinated and children under 5. Find vaccines for the whole family .
- Get Tested. Even if you’re not experiencing any symptoms, test before holiday gatherings to make sure you’re not spreading the virus to loved ones unknowingly. Take advantage of one of the many free testing options the state has to offer, or head to your local clinic or pharmacy. Make an appointment at a community testing site. NOW is also a great time to order a free test through the at-home testing program to ensure you have one on-hand ahead of the holidays, or use a test if you have one already.
- Get Boosted. All adults 18 and older should get a booster when they are due (6 months after receiving Pfizer and Moderna, and 2 months after receiving Johnson & Johnson).
- Stay Safe. Wear your mask in indoor public settings, wash your hands, and do your best to avoid crowded indoor spaces before getting together with family and friends—especially high-risk loved ones and children under 5 who can’t be vaccinated.
“Minnesotans know what to do to protect themselves and their loved ones this holiday season—now we just need them to take action,” said Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm. “The state is doing everything we can to give Minnesotans access to tests, vaccines and booster shots, I encourage everyone to take these steps as well as additional precautions, like masking and hand washing, so we can all celebrate safely this holiday season.”
This December, the state is working hard to meet families where they are by making vaccines, tests, and booster shots as accessible as possible. Here are all the opportunities available to Minnesotans:
- Minnesota has an extensive network of providers—providers, health care systems, pharmacies, state community sites and clinics, local public health agencies, and tribal health agencies — to ensure the vaccine is accessible to all Minnesotans.
- Community Vaccination: In December, the state is hosting 63 vaccination events for Minnesota families:
- 39 vaccine events at schools for 5-11 year-olds
- 18 non-school community vaccination events
- 3 mobile vaccine events
- 3 semi-permanent community vaccination locations