What are our progressive leaders doing to fight COVID-19?
Just like in the rest of the country, the Delta variant of COVID-19 is spreading like wildfire through Minnesota. Luckily, vaccines are still effective at preventing severe cases of the Delta variant, and as of writing this, 69% of Minnesotans 16 and older are fully vaccinated.
But what about everybody else?
Some Minnesotans, like children under 12 and those with certain high-risk health conditions, can’t get the vaccine yet. Others, however, have been influenced by right-wing conspiracy theories and have chosen not to get vaccinated.
That misinformation puts us all in danger. So what are our progressive leaders doing to fight back? How can we administer more vaccines to keep our communities safe?
Here’s what’s happening in St. Paul, and in Washington D.C.
Rolling up our sleeves
Vaccines are our strongest defense against the pandemic. That’s why Governor Tim Walz made it a priority to make COVID-19 vaccines accessible to everyone.
The Walz administration opened free community vaccination sites, launched a mobile vaccine clinic at the Minnesota State Fair, and spread the word about how to get vaccinated. As Minnesota began to approach a 70% vaccination rate, Walz offered generous incentives to get us closer to herd immunity.
While conservatives like Scott Jensen fuel anti-vaccine paranoia and spread dangerous lies, our progressive leaders are providing Minnesotans with the resources we need to stay safe and healthy.
Federal vaccine requirements
In order to combat far-right conspiracies about COVID-19, President Biden knew he’d have to do something bold. On Thursday, September 9, he announced a vaccine mandate for 100 million Americans.
President Biden’s new measure requires vaccines for executive branch employees, federal contract workers, and health care workers. Employers with more than 100 employees will have to require vaccines or weekly testing. These employers must also offer paid time off for vaccination. In Minnesota, that second rule is estimated to impact around 4,800 businesses.
This new action plan is forceful, but necessary. We must get more vaccines out to keep our loved ones from getting sick. But despite the obvious need, conservatives are already trying to get in the way.
Help us fight for a better COVID recovery
We already know what we need to do to keep ourselves healthy. Schedule your vaccination. Mask up. Practice social distancing. But we’ve also seen just how pervasive the conservatives’ lies can be. Make sure your friends and family are getting connected with vaccines, and sign up to help us hold conservatives accountable.