Governor Walz encourages health safety for holiday season

Walz lists several steps for Minnesotans to stay safe during the holidays

In a weekly briefing released on Thursday, Dec. 23, Gov. Tim Walz encourages Minnesotans to follow four steps regarding health safety during this holiday season.

The first step recommended is for Minnesotans, ages 5 and older, to get vaccinated. According to the briefing, vaccines are the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones this holiday season.

The second step is for all Minnesotans, 16 and older, to get boosted when they are due six months after receiving Pfizer and Moderna and two months after receiving Johnson & Johnson.

The third step urges Minnesotans to get tested before gatherings, even when no symptoms are being experienced.

And the fourth step says to wear masks while traveling and in indoor settings, wash hands, avoid crowded indoor spaces before gatherings and know the vaccination status of those you will be gathering with.


The briefing was released days after Walz tested positive for COVID-19 due to coming into contact with his COVID-positive son.

“My family and I are isolating, and I will continue to work from home until I feel better and test negative for the virus. In the meantime, I encourage every Minnesotan to get tested before the holidays and to roll up their sleeves and get their vaccine and their booster to ensure they, too, have strong protection against COVID-19," said Walz.

Thalen Zimmerman of Alexandria joined the Echo Press team as a full-time reporter in Aug. 2021, after graduating from Bemidji State University with a bachelor of science degree in mass communication in May of 2021.
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