With the July 1st goal of having seventy percent of eligible Minnesotans 16+ vaccinated against COVID-19 approaching, the rate of vaccinations is continuing at a snail's pace.

Despite the slow progress, seven Minnesota counties have already exceeded that mark, with a handful more expected to make the cut in the next week.

The numbers below represent individuals that have received at least one dose.

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Minnesota Counties at or Above 70% Vaccinations

  1. Cook County (Grand Marais) - 82%
  2. Olmsted County (Rochester) - 79%
  3. Hennepin County (Minneapolis) - 76%
  4. Ramsey County (Saint Paul) - 74%
  5. Washington County (Stillwater) - 72%
  6. Dakota County (Hastings) - 71%
  7. Carver County (Chaska) - 70%

All but the top two (Cook & Olmsted) are part of the Twin Cities seven county metro area, as is Scott County below. At 58%, Anoka County is the Twin Cities metro county that has the farthest to go to reach that goal.

Next Up to Hit the 70% Mark

  • Houston County (Caledonia) - 69%
  • Carlton County (Cloquet) - 69%
  • Scott County (Shakopee) - 69%

Where are the Central Minnesota Counties at?

  • Mille Lacs County - 59%
  • Wright County - 57%
  • Pope County - 57%
  • Douglas County - 57%
  • Kandiyohi County - 53%
  • Stearns County - 51%
  • Meeker County - 48%
  • Morrison County - 47%
  • Benton County - 46%
  • Sherburne County - 41%
  • Todd County - 38%

As a whole, Minnesota is at 66%, with Governor Tim Walz's goal of 70% of eligible  Minnesotans 16+ to gave received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose just 17 days away.

The State of Minnesota's 'Your Shot to Summer' incentive program continues through the end of June. The first 100,000 Minnesotans, aged 12 and older, who get their first COVID-19 vaccine between May 27 through June 30, 2021, will be eligible for one of these special rewards:

  • Great Lakes Aquarium Pass
  • MOA Nickelodeon Universe Pass
  • Minnesota Fishing License
  • Minnesota State Parks Vehicle Permit
  • Minnesota Zoo Admission
  • Northwoods League Baseball Tickets
  • Minnesota State Fair Tickets
  • Valleyfair Single-Day Admission
  • $25 Visa Gift Card

If you've been vaccinated by the Benton County Health Department, you are eligible to receive one of the following rewards from the Mall of America in Bloomington:

  • 6 point ride pass at Nickelodeon Universe.
  • Medium popcorn from B&B Theaters.
  • MOA 2021 coupon book.
  • Buy 1 get 1 pizza from The Fair on 4.

If you are interested in getting one of these MOA vouchers mailed to you, please email the Benton County Health Department at publichealth@co.benton.mn.us -- and be sure to include your name and current mailing address.

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