Governor Tim Walz says probably early next week he’ll announce some specifics of a plan to roll out an expected COVID vaccine in Minnesota. Walz says one question still being debated at the federal and state levels is whether health care workers should get the vaccine first, or those in long term care facilities. As for the population-at-large…

“Most Minnesotans need to understand (that) trying to get the number of vaccinations, to start to get the immunity and start to get the impact we need (is) probably gonna be into the first or the second quarter of next year, March and April, by the time a lot of that’s rolling out.”

State health officials stress that just because a vaccine is on the horizon, Minnesotans can’t let up COVID safety precautions — which they say will save lives until a vaccine is widely available.