As Minnesota became the nation’s hotspot in terms of COVID-19 infection rates, the MMA urged Minnesotans once again to get vaccinated, get a booster shot when available, and continue masking up and keeping socially distant.
“We know that Minnesotans are tired of hearing this, but everyone has to do their part to slow the spread of this virus,” said MMA President Randy Rice, MD, in a Nov. 16 press release distributed statewide. “The best way to fight this is for more people to get vaccinated. Healthcare workers will continue to do their jobs, but we are struggling, and we need help. If you haven’t gotten vaccinated yet, please do so, and then mask up and stay socially distant.”
On Nov. 16, Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm revealed to reporters that the Minnesota Department of Health is working toward making booster shots available to all adults, regardless of federal approval.
Hospitals across Minnesota are nearing capacity, and with the colder weather here and people planning to get together in large groups during the holidays, it’s shaping up to be a difficult season for healthcare workers.
“Seventy percent of the COVID-19 cases admitted to Minnesota hospitals are people who are not vaccinated,” Rice said. “As Thanksgiving approaches, Minnesota physicians are thankful for the availability of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines. We need more people to recognize this, roll up a sleeve, and give the gift of health to yourself, your family, friends, and community.”